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Electric Car Tech News: Vauxhall Charges Ahead as Dyson Pulls the Plug

Two of the biggest road blocks—pun intended—that consumers encounter with electric cars is their price and the time it takes for them to charge. If a solution can be presented regarding these two caveats, we may see more electric vehicles on the road.

Well, Vauxhall’s latest 2020 Corsa-e model may have just taken a turn in the right direction. Not only will it have a competitive price tag, but it also won’t need a “good night’s rest” in order to recharge. However, the same can’t be said about Dyson’s latest electric vehicle prototype as the company has decided to pull the plug, albeit momentarily.

Vauxhall Corsa-e Boasts 30-min Quick Charge

Time is a valuable resource, and many people are hesitant to waste it on waiting for their vehicle to charge. Most would rather spend $35-$45 at the pump in order to be in and out in under 5 minutes. It simply isn’t worth the long wait needed for most electric vehicles to charge.

However, the Corsa-e, equipped with a 50kW battery, will have the capacity for lightning-quick DC 100kW charging. The coolest part is that the quick charge amenity isn’t an added feature for a premium price. It comes standard.

Drivers will be able to gain an additional 160 miles—give or take—in as little as half an hour when plugged into a 100kW charging station. The electric car will also come with a separate 11kW charger, which will allow it to fully charge after approximately seven and a half hours.

The base-level model will come in around £26,490 ($34,000), which is very competitive for the UK market.

Dyson Pulls the Plug on Its Latest Car Tech Innovation

Dyson has decided to scrap its plans for an electric vehicle, claiming it “simply can no longer see a way to make it commercially viable.” Sir James Dyson, founder and chief executive of Dyson Ltd. recently informed his staff that the company’s electric car project was canceled.

“This is not a product failure, or a failure of the team, for whom this news will be hard to hear and digest,” Dyson said. “Their achievements have been immense—given the enormity and complexity of the project. This is not the first project which has changed direction and it will not be the last.”

The work that went into the two-year-long project was not in vain, however. Dyson was very pleased with the progress the team made in regard to a more efficient battery. “Our battery will benefit Dyson in a profound way and take us in exciting new directions,” he said.

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