However, in an email sent to staff, and obtained by Bloomberg, James Dyson said the patents "don't reveal what our vehicle will really look like or give any specifics around what it will do", but they do "provide a glimpse of some of the inventive steps" the company is investigating.
A patent published this week by electrical appliance mainstay Dyson shows a vehicle with a long-wheel base and reclining seats that has some suggesting the vacuum-maker is planning an off-road EV.
The patents also indicate Dyson is mulling a vehicle with larger wheels to improve efficiency. The aim is the vehicle is suitable for both "city and rough terrain".
Although it will have a tall ride, the crossover will have a lower roof than most of its rivals.More news: Etihad interested in re-investing in Jet Airways subject to conditions
Demand for all-electric or hybrid cars rose 12 per cent during April compared to the same period previous year, totaling 10,254 vehicle sales, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Sir James, the billionaire inventor whose fortune was built on revolutionising the traditional vacuum cleaner design, has so far indicated that it would be a premium vehicle, implying a price tag in the range of a Tesla, which costs £38,000 for a Model 3 or around £70,000 for a Model S. The designs underscore that the new auto will also need bespoke parts such as tyres.
THE FIRST details of Dyson's first electric vehicle have emerged, as the vacuum cleaner-maker looks to take on the likes of Tesla.
The firm, most famous for its vacuum and hairdryers, announced it was working on an electric vehicle in September 2017, details of which have been scarce besides confirmation late a year ago it will be manufactured in Singapore ahead of its 2021 launch.More news: Leeds, Aston Villa earn narrow leads in English Championship playoffs
However, testing of the new cars are expected to take place at their campus Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire.
"The vehicle will include fundamentally new technologies and make some inventive leaps", he said, suggesting that the auto will "differ from the status quo" by not using "electric propulsion systems".
He said that competitors had missed opportunities by adapting electric vehicles from existing formats, but Dyson's was "a vehicle which has been developed from the bottom up".More news: Bird to start selling $1300 e-scooter directly to consumers