Dyson is Creating an Electric Car
Cast your minds back to 1993 ... Ford unveiled the new Mondeo as a replacement for the Sierra ... The Vauxhall Nova ceased to exist as it was replaced by the Corsa ... The UK independence party was formed and the Queen announced the doors of Buckingham palace would be open to the public for the first time! You may also remember an appliance everyone wanted in their homes – the Dyson vacuum cleaner! From this moment on we all went bagless and never looked back, now Dyson is creating an electric car so will petrol and diesel become a thing of the past as well?
The Dyson electric car has one major difference to those already available that could put the electric vehicle on a par with petrol and diesel vehicles – the battery. Last October Sir James Dyson declared battery company Sakti3 had a breakthrough in battery technology and purchased the company for $90m.
There are 3 main problems with batteries currently used;
- They are expensive
- The range produced does not compare to that of a petrol or diesel vehicle
- There is always a small fire risk
The battery worked on by Sakti3 seems to solve all of these problems. It does this by using a solid electrolyte. Inside every battery an electrolyte is needed to move the flow of charge, up until now this electrolyte has been a liquid. These liquidsa are flammable and so pose a fire risk, leading to the need for several expensive safety features. However, the batteries being developed by Dyson are called ‘solid state’ batteries as the electrolyte is a solid not a liquid. This change carries many benefits;
- A solid electrolyte does not pose a fire risk, so is much safer
- As there is no fire risk, none of the expensive safety features are needed reducing overall cost
- The solid electrolytes are capable of carrying much more energy so the range in an electric vehicle could be extended to match that of a petrol or diesel car
As of yet Dyson has not revealed the range they are working towards but industry experts believe it will be in the region of 350 miles on a single charge. With more robust materials used this new battery is also expected to survive more discharge and recharge cycles prolonging its life, and so further reducing costs for electric car drivers.
Could Sir James Dyson be the man to revolutionise our roads the way he revolutionised our vacuum cleaners? He’s not the only one working on a solid state battery, other manufacturers such as Toyota, Volkswagen and Bosch are also looking at the technology so long range electric cars may become a reality soon.
Would a range of 350 miles make you more likely to purchase an electric car?
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8 June 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy