Taking aim at climate change.
Getty Images/Derek HudsonLongstanding frustration with pollution led James Dyson https://tvtshop.vn/may-hut-bui-o-to/ to develop a plan for an electric car.His interest in the challenge dates back to the late 1980s.
Like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Dyson sees the automobile as a design problem inside a larger problem: climate change.
On Tuesday, the designer James Dyson said his company would spend nearly $3 billion to introduce an all-electric car by 2020
. The British billionaire is well known for revolutionizing the vacuum cleaner, not to mention hand dryers in restrooms.
By jumping into electric cars, Dyson has forged a de facto alliance with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Neither billionaire is motivated primarily by selling more cars - rather, they see the automobile as a large-scale design problem embedded in far larger problems: pollution and climate change.
In an email to employees of the Dyson company and shared with Business Insider, the entrepreneur, who was knighted in 2007, said his interest in developing a radically different electric
car dated back to the late 1980s and grew out of frustration with attempts to address another challenge.
"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," Dyson wrote. "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." Nobody wanted the technology
Dyson said that by 1993, prototypes were ready - but no one was interested in the technology. This stunned Dyson, and he expressed disbelief that automakers and governments would promote so-called clean diesel while companies such as Volkswagen cheated on emissions testing.
"Throughout, it has remained my ambition to find a solution to the global problem of air pollution," he wrote. "Some years ago, observing that automotive firms were not changing their spots, I committed the company to develop new battery technologies."