SINGAPORE (Sept 27): Vacuum cleaners with endless suction power, fans without blades, hair dryers that do not overheat ... and now battery electric vehicle?

Yes, Sir James Dyson has just confirmed via a Facebook post that the company is working on a battery electric vehicle, due to be launched by 2020.

According to Dyson, a 400-strong team of top engineers and talented individuals from the automotive industry is already working on the project. He is also investing £2 billion ($3.6 billion) on the project.

In his Facebook post, Dyson recounted how back in 1990, his team started work on a cyclonic filter that could be fitted on a vehicle’s exhaust system to trap particulates.

By 1993, they had developed several working prototypes but, sadly, nobody at the time was interested in employing the diesel exhaust capture system and so the project was put on the back burner.

“Some years ago, observing that automotive firms were not changing their spots, I committed the company to develop new battery technologies,” says Dyson, “I believed that electrically powered vehicles would solve the vehicle pollution problem.”

Undeterred, Dyson carried on innovating on the latest digital motors, energy storage systems power and HVAC systems to build its fans, heaters and purifiers.

“At this moment, we finally have the opportunity to bring all our technologies together into a single product. Rather than filtering emissions at the exhaust pipe, today we have the ability to solve it at the source. So I wanted you to hear it directly from me: Dyson has begun work on a battery electric vehicle, due to be launched by 2020,” says Dyson.

So what technology will drive the EV’s power train and what will the vehicle look like? Dyson is keeping everything top secret for now.

“The project will grow quickly from here but at this stage we will not release any information. Competition for new technology in the automotive industry is fierce and we must do everything we can to keep the specifics of our vehicle confidential,” says the iconic British inventor.