Company known for its vacuum cleaners, fans and hand dryers seems keen to break the mould with its first car.
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Patents related to the first Dyson electric car have revealed some of its potential design elements – and it'll look nothing like a vacuum cleaner, for those of you playing along at home.

According to the patent application, which was filed 18 months ago and published today, the Dyson crossover will be around five metres in length, and ride on a 3.3 metre wheelbase.

Although it will have a tall ride, the crossover will have a lower roof than most of its rivals. The car also features a cab-forward look and a steeply raked front windscreen.

Unusually, the car will feature large 23- or 24-inch wheels paired with narrow tyres, reducing both rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag. A skateboard chassis with the car's battery built into the floor should ensure plenty of room for the car's seven passengers.

James Dyson, the company's founder, told staff via an email the patents "don’t reveal what our vehicle will really look like or give any specifics around what it will do", but do "provide a glimpse of some of the inventive steps" for the new vehicle.

The company is thought to be investing around £2.5 billion ($4.7 billion) to develop its first electric car, and will use battery and motor technology derived from Dyson's existing product range.

The car will be built at a new factory in Singapore from 2021, and will be sold, at least initially, in China and other parts of Asia.

Despite the car's focus on Asia, it is being developed in the UK by a team of 500 designers and engineers, many hired from Tesla and Jaguar Land Rover.