Apple’s automotive plan features a collaboration with Hyundai, based on a report revealed on Friday by the Korea Economic Daily. It says that Apple and Hyundai are engaged on battery know-how that may differ from the type used within the automaker’s new battery electrical car platform, which works into manufacturing later this yr. The report additionally claims that the Apple automotive will arrive in 2027 however gives no extra element concerning the collaboration or any potential automobiles or applied sciences that might emerge in consequence.
Will they-won’t they rumors about an Apple automotive have been circulating since Apple created an inside group known as Project Titan in 2014. Since Apple is notoriously tight-lipped, few particulars exist concerning the venture apart from stories of workers being fired and plans being scaled again. But by late 2019 it is believed that 1,200 Apple workers have been engaged on Project Titan, and in December 2020 Reuters reported that an Apple automotive may hit the road by 2025.
Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor Group has quick emerged as one of many leaders of the pack for BEV engineering and is about to debut a brand new platform known as E-GMP that may underpin 23 completely different new fashions between now and 2025. Hyundai has opted for an 800V electrical structure for E-GMP which can permit it to cost to 80 % inside 18 minutes. Hyundai can also be working with the startup Canoo on BEVs.
A spokesperson for Hyundai confirmed to CNBC that Apple and Hyundai have been in talks:
“We understand that Apple is in discussion with a variety of global automakers, including Hyundai Motor. As the discussion is at its early stage, nothing has been decided,” a consultant from Hyundai Motor informed CNBC’s Chery Kang.