In order to advance the development of its own electric car, Apple allegedly also held talks with the startup Canoo: In several meetings in the first half of 2020, various options were explored – from an investment to a takeover, such as The Verge reported with reference to informed persons.
Chassis for electric cars
Canoo, which was founded by former top managers of German car manufacturers, is developing a platform for electric vehicles (“skateboard”) and recently introduced the battery-powered MPDV delivery van. Canoo was probably primarily concerned with a financial injection from Apple because the money had become scarce after the development of the prototype of a planned electric van notices The Verge an. The talks with Apple ultimately fizzled out. Canoo also had talks with other companies from the USA and China.
In February 2020, Hyundai and Canoo announced a partnership in the development of an electric car, and the South Korean auto giant was the first major customer to order an EV skateboard from Canoo. There have recently been several reports of a collaboration between Hyundai and Apple to develop a car. Hyundai only confirmed talks with the iPhone company, only to row back a short time later.
Apple Car – only when?
It is currently expected that Apple will need several more years to implement an Apple Car. Production in partnership with Hyundai could begin in the USA in 2024, it was said recently, but before that Apple wants to offer a “beta version” of the vehicle. An Apple car has been under discussion for several years, and the manufacturer has been researching vehicles and autonomous systems since 2014 – a three to four-digit number of employees seem to be involved in the secret project, including many specialists from the automotive industry.