Government documents that ordinary people weren’t supposed to be paying any attention to have revealed that Dyson has received £174 million in funding for the creation of an electric vehicle. The National Infrastructure Delivery Plan, which you can find here, has now been updated to remove any references to the plans, but the Guardian managed to save a copy of the section before it went walkies.
"The government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire,” it reads. “This will secure £174m of investment in the area, creating over 500 jobs, mostly in engineering."
The company has refused to confirm or deny rumours of an electric car project in the past, but it looks like the cat’s finally out of the bag. It’s massive news for both the industry and the UK. Until now, most of the new-age-car-themed fun appears to have taken place in the US, so it’ll be interesting to see Dyson enter the fray. If we're lucky, maybe the company will produce a self-cleaning little number. [Guardian]