Apple will reportedly launch its first electric car in collaboration with Hyundai. Ming-chi Kuo, Analyst at TF Securities, in an AppleInsider report, has affirmed that Apple will introduce its first-ever electric car based on the Hyundai E-GMP platform, which is a dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform.
Announced back in December 2020, Hyundai looks forward to getting into an “electric era” with E-GMP from now onwards. The E-GMP is said to cover more than 500km in theory with a 100% charge while the battery is said to juice up from 0 to 80% in 18 minutes on a fast charge. However, the mileage may vary on the basis of design.
As for component design and production of the new Apple car, Hyundai will be taking the lead whilst Kia, Hyundai’s own subsidiary will be producing the vehicles in the United States of America. Besides Apple, Hyundai could be working together with the likes of General Motors (GM) and Peugeot Société Anonyme (PSA) as well.
Past January Hyundai came up with a statement that said, “we’ve been receiving requests for potential cooperation from various companies regarding development of autonomous EVs. No decisions have been made as discussions are in the early stage.”
Also, Reuters reported Hyundai’s leadership as “divided” as for partnership with Apple. A Hyundai executive allegedly said, “We are agonizing over how to do it, whether it is good to do it or not. We are not a company which manufactures cars for others. It is not like working with Apple would always produce great results.”
Ming-Chi Kuo said the first Apple electric car, in collaboration with Hyundai, could release in 2025.