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Dyson Digital Motor being eyed by company founder for electric car use

When many hear the name Dyson, they think of expensive and rather cool looking vacuum cleaners. However, if Dyson namesake Sir James Dyson has anything to say about it, the Dyson name will in the future be synonymous with electric cars.

According to The Independent, Dyson and his design firm are working on a lightweight but powerful electric motor that would be ideal for use in electric cars. Dyson told The Independent, “They're (electric cars) quiet and they're pollution free.”

Dyson believes that electric cars could overcome their current drawbacks of limited range and low speeds. Dyson says that there are fantastic opportunities to make electric cars lighter. Making the car lighter would help to increase both its speed and its range.

Dyson foresees future electric cars being recharged form solar panels on the roof rather than hooking to the power grid for charging. The Dyson company has an extra-strong digital motor that is half the weight of normal motor, which would presumable help increase the range of an electric vehicle using the motor. The Dyson Digital Motor spins at 10,000 RPM and has so far only been used by the company in two vacuum cleaners and the Dyson Airblade hand cleaner.

What Car editor Steve Fowler told The Independent, “Dyson certainly has a history of producing innovative electrical products. But there's a fair difference between producing electric motors for vacuum cleaners or washing machines and cars.”

It would be interesting to see what sort of design Dyson would come up with for his electric vehicle. Hopefully the Dyson electric car would be much more attractive than the G-Wiz -- Britain’s most popular electric car.

Perhaps Dyson could design something with looks more along the lines of the undeniably sexy Tesla Roadster that is now in production.

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