Apple’s auto plan includes a collaboration with Hyundai, according to a report by the Korea Economic Daily on Friday. He says Apple and Hyundai are working on different battery technology than that used in the automaker’s new battery-electric vehicle platform, which will go into production later this year. The report also claims the Apple car will arrive in 2027 but does not offer further details on the collaboration or any possible vehicles or technologies that could result from it.
Will they-won’t rumors of an Apple car have been circulating since Apple created an internal group called Project Titan in 2014. Given that Apple is notoriously low-key, few details exist on the project other than staff layoff reports and plans be downsized. But at the end of 2019, it is believed that 1,200 Apple employees were working on Project Titan, and in December 2020, Reuters reported that an Apple car could hit the streets by 2025.
Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor Group has quickly become one of the leaders in the pack for BEV engineering and is set to launch a new platform called E-GMP that will underpin 23 different new models by 2025. Hyundai has opted for an electric 800V architecture for E-GMP which will allow it to recharge to 80% in 18 minutes. Hyundai is also working with the startup Canoo on BEVs.
A Hyundai spokesperson confirmed to CNBC that Apple and Hyundai are in talks:
“We understand that Apple is in discussions with various global automakers, including Hyundai Motor. As the discussion is in its early stages, nothing has been decided,” a Hyundai Motor representative told Chery Kang of CNBC.