One of the boldest projects with the Apple seal will be your first electric car. The one that has been dubbed the Apple Car has been a frequent theme in recent days, however, things may not be as well underway as it seemed.
According to a new report by Bloomberg, negotiations between Apple and Hyundai / Kia have been suspended. The origin of this decision is not known, however, it is said that Apple is already looking for alternatives.
Relations between Apple and Hyundai are going through a difficult phase
Although Apple declined to comment, it is known that its relationship with Hyundai is not at its best. It all started in January, when the car manufacturer admitted its collaboration with the company run by Tim Cook.
That revelation fell badly within Apple’s structure and since then relations with Hyundai have soured. It is not known exactly what would have motivated the suspension of talks between both companies, but this is one of the possibilities.
Another hypothesis raised by Bloomberg, citing sources close to the topic, will be the dispute within the Hyundai group. He has not yet decided whether it will be Hyundai or Kia to develop the Apple Car, something that has not been well accepted by the Cupertino company.
Kia emerges as the best positioned to build the autonomous car from Apple due to having a production line installed in the USA. This factor may be decisive, given Apple’s desire to build its vehicle entirely in its country.
The source feeds doubts about a resumption of negotiations between Apple and the Hyundai group. A reconciliation between the parties is neither guaranteed nor removed, so it is understandable that Apple is already considering some alternatives.
Apple Car is still far from the roads
The industry is reluctant about Apple’s bet on the automotive sector. Many question the company’s commitment to this project, while others debate the need for a partner for the Apple Car to be successful.
It is certain that the fruits of the so-called Project Titan should not be visible in at least four years. Some sources point to a launch only in 2025, despite the fact that the theme deserves today.
The characteristics of this car are still mere speculation, although there are already those who venture into these intricacies. The latest rumors point to a vehicle with a range of 483 km, powered by Hyundai’s E-GMP platform.
This development base will offer the Apple Car the necessary power to go from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 257 km / h. Features that will make this vehicle a direct competitor to Tesla’s popular Model 3.
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