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Dyson will discontinue its electric vehicle project, but will continue working on its solid-state battery tech after its cars were deemed not "commercially viable" during testing, the U.K.-based company announced Thursday.

Why it matters, via Axios' Ben Geman: The famed inventor's decision underscores the difficulty of successfully entering the EV market at a time when a suite of startups and legacy automakers are competing to make viable cars.

Background: Dyson unveiled plans last year to build an EV factory in Singapore by 2020 with production due to start the following year.

  • Dyson said it will still continue its £2.5 billion ($3.1 billion) investment into new technology, but will shut down its EV facilities in the U.K. and Singapore.
"This is not a product failure, or a failure of the team, for whom this news will be hard to hear and digest. Their achievements have been immense given the enormity and complexity of the project."
— Founder James Dyson said in a statement

The big picture: The company has helped transform markets by redesigning the engineering makeup of premium vacuums, hairstyling and household appliances, and hand dryers.

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Delta CEO: Trump administration should issue mask mandate for air travel

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Delta CEO Ed Bastian on Friday told CNN that he believes the Trump administration should move to require the use of face masks during air travel amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

The big picture: Delta already requires passengers to wear masks during its flights, but Bastian says it can be difficult to enforce that directive if passengers refuse — and he's not sure if other airlines would be on board.

Trump's outdoor New Hampshire rally postponed due to weather

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President Trump's outdoor campaign rally in Portsmouth, N.H., slated to take place on Saturday, was postponed on Friday due to weather from Tropical Storm Fay, a senior White House official confirmed to Axios.

The state of play: Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Air Force One that the event would take place in "a week or two" instead. The outdoor rally — which had encouraged the use of face masks — was scheduled after sparse attendance at Trump's indoor comeback to the campaign trail in Tulsa.

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