There have been a ton of conflicting reports regarding the specifics, manufacturing process, and launch date of Apple Car over the last few months. The most recent report says that the Cupertino tech giant is currently in talks with two different Chinese battery suppliers regarding the production of batteries that could be used in the upcoming EV. Both CATL and BYD are said to be in discussions with Apple.
Apple in talks with Chinese battery makers for Apple Car, according to new report
Citing “four people with knowledge of the matter,” the publication says that discussions between Apple and the two Chinese companies are subject to change and that it does not know whether an agreement has been reached or not.
Apple is in early-stage talks with China’s CATL and BYD about the supply of batteries for its planned electric vehicle, four people with knowledge of the matter said.
The discussions are subject to change and it is not clear if agreements with either CATL or BYD will be reached, said the people who declined to be named as the discussions are private.
According to the report’s sources, the tech giant is leaning towards the lithium iron phosphate option that is cheaper to produce because they use iron instead of nickel and cobalt, which are more expensive. However, it is unclear whether the talks with CATL and BYD involved any of Apple’s own technology or designs for Apple Car.
Apple is in favor of using lithium iron phosphate batteries that are cheaper to produce because they use iron instead of nickel and cobalt which are more expensive, the four people said.
Renowned tech analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that Apple Car will be launched by 2025 at the earliest because organizing the supply chain, development, and manufacturing of an automobile is far more complex than an iPhone. Therefore, it will take the tech giant some years to launch its first autonomous vehicle. He has also detailed that the Apple Car would have given 80% charge in 18 minutes, 260kmph, 500 km range, and more.