07 January 2021
The rumors surrounding the Apple Car have been gaining momentum in the past few weeks. A new report has emerged claiming that Apple is in early discussions with Hyundai for a possible electric car release. While this would have been just another rumor, Hyundai has come forward to officially confirm the claim.
It is said that Apple wants Hyundai to manufacture its first-ever Apple Car. The discussions are in a very early stage but it is believed that if things turn into a partnership, car component development will take place at one of Hyundai's United States facilities. The idea behind collaborating with an existing carmaker is that it will help Apple save a lot of money as the expense are huge.
As for the official confirmation, Huawei gave this statement to CNBC:
“We understand that Apple is in discussion with a variety of global automakers, including Hyundai Motor. As the discussion is at its early stage, nothing has been decided.”
In a statement just obtained by @CNBC's @cherykang, the auto giant Hyundai says:— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) January 8, 2021
“We understand that Apple is in discussion with a variety of global automakers, including Hyundai Motor.
As the discussion is at its early stage, nothing has been decided.”
This is not surprising to hear that Apple would be talking with a number of carmakers. It would want to consider all possible options before deciding on the one that suits its vision the best. As for the release date, the report mentions that we should expect Apple Car to arrive in 2027. This is in line with previous rumors talking about a launch being at least 5-7 years away.