LONDON -- Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car.
Ian Minards started as Dyson's global product development director this month. His replacement at the automaker has not been named yet. Minards spent the last 10 years at the automaker, where he engineered the new DB11 coupe.
UK-based Dyson, which is best known for its bag-less vacuum cleaners and Airblade hand dryers, wouldn't say whether Minards was hired to develop a car.
“We have historically recruited from a wide range of backgrounds, as we are a broad church and are developing a multitude of technologies,” a spokesman told Automotive News Europe in an email. He added that Dyson is planning to recruit an additional 3,000 engineers and scientists by 2020.
In May the UK media reported the firm was also developing an electric car after a UK government report stated “the government is funding Dyson to develop a new battery-electric vehicle.” The report was later amended to say “battery-electric technology.”
Last year Dyson bought U.S-based solid-state battery company Sakti3 for $90 million. The company is developing lithium batteries with a higher energy density than current lithium technology.
Dyson is led by inventor James Dyson, who has built up a sizeable company reinventing mundane household objects such as vacuums and fans and making them desirable enough to charge premium prices.