Published on June 24th, 2008 | by Max Lindberg
Dyson Plans Solar Powered Car
Vacuum Cleaner Whiz Going To The Streets
The king of vacuum cleaners, James Dyson, is betting that a souped-up version of his vacuum cleaner and hair dryer motors will power cars over hundreds of miles.
Using technology developed for his lightweight electric motors, Dyson hopes to partner with Honda or another car maker, rather than build a car from the ground up.
Solar panels on top of the vehicle, or on the garage where it is stored, would provide electricity to charge the car’s battery. Of course, the best performance would probably come from a country where there’s abundant enough sunshine to keep the battery charged.
Of course, he could also think about adding a plug-in function, just in case it stays cloudy for days on end.
Engineers at his Wiltshire HQ are currently said to be developing the motor at its facility in the Uk.
The British inventor has made a fortune with his bagless vacuum cleaner and hand dryer.
His first endeavor was the Ballbarrow, a wheel barrow he invented in the 1970’s, which led to the vacuum cleaner, the “supercharged” hand dryer, and more recently a two-drum washing machine.
Dyson believes electric cars are the future for city driving at present, but with his new motor they could reach much higher speeds and have a longer range.
Just think, you could whiz down the road, vacuuming up dust and debris, then blowing it to the side of the road or into a side-car Ballbarrow for dumping at an appropriate site.
What a concept.
Photo Credit: Mail Online
Story Source: Mail Online
References to other electric car posts:
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- Th!nk Ox: An Electric Car With Style and Smarts
- The All-Electric (EV) CitiCar: Powered by the Sun
- Mindset Six50 Electric Car Mixes Gas, Li-Ion and Solar Power