特斯拉颤抖?戴森要做电动车,3年内上市

我的理想生活家,尽在发现头条数码频道。

作为北京第一批新能源电动车车主和戴森用户,看到这则新闻的先生是蛮期待的。

近日,英国著名科技公司戴森Dyson创始人与总工程师詹姆斯·戴森向全球员工宣布:戴森开始研发电动汽车,并计划于2020年上市。

特斯拉颤抖?戴森要做电动车,3年内上市

戴森并没有就此事召开新闻发布会,只是詹姆斯针对员工的内部沟通邮件。邮件中詹姆斯提到戴森已经为电动汽车研发成立了一个全球400人规模的顶级工程师团队,同时承诺将会投资20亿英镑用于电动汽车的研发。

特斯拉颤抖?戴森要做电动车,3年内上市

作为全球知名的小家电科技品牌,戴森凭借着独家核心黑科技——电动数码马达和气流倍增技术——将家用吸尘器、风扇、吹风机、净化器甚至是干手器成功的打造成为家电中的精品,尽管售价不菲,但依然在全世界拥有着大量的忠实粉丝。

特斯拉颤抖?戴森要做电动车,3年内上市

詹姆斯对汽车的喜爱可谓由来已久,他在1970年的第一个发明就是一辆海上卡车(图01),当时创造了超过5亿美元的销量。后来戴森又陆续推出过球轮手推车、球形滑轨和能在陆地和水面上以40英里每小时速度行进的轮式两用船。

而戴森布局新能源电动车可以说是“预谋已久”了。2015年,戴森就收购了一家固态电池技术公司Satki3,当时宣布会在未来5年内投资10亿英镑用于电池技术的研发。

由于Satki3的专利文件表明其固态电池技术可以应用在汽车领域,所以有不少媒体将戴森与新能源电动汽车联系在了一起。

特斯拉颤抖?戴森要做电动车,3年内上市

如今,戴森正式宣布进军电动汽车市场,而且短短3年时间就做到量产上市,相比特斯拉等电动汽车品牌,一项注重黑科技的戴森汽车,不知会给我们带来多少意外和惊喜。

特斯拉颤抖?戴森要做电动车,3年内上市

不过邮件中的设计手稿图片中,却是一辆类似卡车的商用车原型。

不久前体验戴森360 Eye吸尘机器人时,我就总有种机器人会Transform&rollout变形出发的错觉,如今终于可以期待一辆将戴森所有顶尖科技汇集一身的真正电动汽车到来了!

附上詹姆斯·戴森的邮件全文供参考。

A Dyson EV

In 1988 I read a paper by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, linking the exhaust from diesel engines to premature death in laboratory mice and rats. In March 1990 a team at Dyson began work on a cyclonic filter that could be fitted on a vehicle’s exhaust system to trap particulates.

By 1993 we had developed several working prototypes and showed an early iteration to British television programme Blue Peter. The team went on to develop a much more sophisticated technology.

To our chagrin, nobody at the time was interested in employing our diesel exhaust capture system and we stopped the project.The industry said that ‘disposing’ of the collected soot was too much of a problem! Better to breathe it in?

In the period since, governments around the world have encouraged the adoption of oxymoronically designated ‘clean diesel’ engines through subsidies and grants. Major auto manufacturers have circumvented and duped clean air regulations. As a result, developed and developing cities are full of smog-belching cars, lorries and buses. It is a problem that others are ignoring.

Throughout, it has remained my ambition to find a solution to the global problem of air pollution. Some years ago, observing that automotive firms were not changing their spots, I committed the company to develop new battery technologies. I believed that electrically powered vehicles would solve the vehicle pollution problem. Dyson carried on innovating. The latest digital motors and energy storage systems power the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer and cord-free vacuum line. We’ve relentlessly innovated in fluid dynamics and HVAC systems to build our fans, heaters and purifiers.

At this moment, we finally have the opportunity to bring all our technologies together into a single product. Rather than filtering emissions at the exhaust pipe, today we have the ability to solve it at the source. So I wanted you to hear it directly from me: Dyson has begun work on a battery electric vehicle, due to be launched by 2020.

We’ve started building an exceptional team that combines top Dyson engineers with talented individuals from the automotive industry. The team is already over 400 strong, and we are recruiting aggressively. I’m committed to investing £2bn on this endeavour.

The project will grow quickly from here but at this stage we will not release any information. Competition for new technology in the automotive industry is fierce and we must do everything we can to keep the specifics of our vehicle confidential.

In London, nearly 9,500 people die early each year due to long-term exposure to air pollution according to a study carried out by researchers at King’s College London. The World Health Organisation reports “in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure”. It is our obligation to offer a solution to the world’s largest single environmental risk. I look forward to showing you all what I hope will be something quite unique and better, in due course!

James

(趣科技先生)

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