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Friday, 10 September 2021 19:10

Apple to Develop its EV Independently, Axing Plans for Collaboration

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Apple’s heavily rumored electric car will be developed independently, according to sources in Korea.

Apple was in talks with several large automakers as the project became more real this year, but it seems the tech giant is more interested in developing its first EV on its own.

 

New reports from Korea’s Maeil Economic Daily indicate Apple is establishing its own “automobile research institute” and has been pushing for the development of its vehicle on its own.

 

Previously, Apple had been in talks with large carmakers like Toyota, BMW, Hyundai, Kia and Nissan, all companies with a long line of automotive expertise that would assist Apple in manufacturing, research and development. Apple favored a partnership previously, but now things seem to be delayed due to production bottlenecks across the board, which has Apple in a difficult situation.

 

As a result, Apple wants to get the project rolling, and it seems the quickest way to get started is to develop the vehicle and all of its technologies in-house.

 

A source that spoke to Maeil said Apple sent a Request for Quotation (RFQ) to global auto parts suppliers while simultaneously restoring a lab built for vehicle development. The RFQ stated the supplier would be selected soon.

 

As the automotive market continues to shift toward electrified models and gas-powered cars are becoming less prevalent, companies are focused on developing and building their own EVs so they can continue to offer customers suitable transportation options.

 

Apple seems to have concluded it will have to build the vehicle in-house because discussions with automakers for a collaboration on the EV’s development have been put on hold continuously. This has likely led to Apple being ghosted or having meetings delayed, as car companies are busy...


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