It must suck to be Dyson at the moment.

The UK government has recouped nearly all of its £8 actor grant it gave to the British vacuum cleaner architect to advance an electric vehicle, the Telegraph reports.

Dyson was given the money back in 2016 as part of government plan to activate the abridgement and create jobs. In part, the money was going to help Dyson‘s development and amplification into the electric car market. The vacuum maker reportedly put $2.5 billion into developing its electric vehicle.

However, late last year, the bag-less — pun advised — vacuum cleaner maker appear that it had scrapped its electric car activity admitting claiming to have developed a “fantastic electric car.” Dyson said the car would not make it on to the road as it was not commercially viable.

But that wasn’t quite the end for the EV project. Dyson said it would abide to advance array technology. Following recent talks with the UK’s Department for Business though, it said it absitively to repay the grant back, in full.

Had the car made it into production, it would have been on the road by 2021, according to aboriginal plans.

The company’s EV analysis active some 500 people, mostly engineers, that are now being offered other roles in the aggregation or being accustomed to go their own way.

“For those who cannot, or do not wish to find another roles, we will abutment them fairly and with the account deserved,” Dyson said in a statement.

More solid capacity of Dyson‘s agent first came to light around a year ago, when aggregation patents were published.

The designs showed a 7-seat crossover styled vehicle, with larger than usual wheels to advance ground approval and ride quality.

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