Apple Reportedly In Talks With Korean EV Parts Makers For Apple Car Production
Apple is reportedly in talks with Korean EV car component makers as it gets ready to kick the Apple Car project into gear. According to a new report, multiple Korean EV component companies are in talks with the iPhone maker.
Citing industry sources, Korea Times says that companies in the semiconductor and display sectors are already being sounded out.
“Apple officials have been in Korea for business talks with its Korean partners in the semiconductor and display sectors. As seen in Apple’s smartphone business, the company is seeking business partners in Korea for its EV business,” a senior industry executive directly involved with the issue told The Korea Times.
“Without partnerships with Korean vendors, Apple won’t be able to complete its EV business plan. As far as I know, Apple has talked with LG, SK and Hanwha, but the talks are still in the early stages.”
Apple has been reportedly keen to get the Apple Car manufacturing deals squared away and was recently said to have sounded out Hyundai among other companies. The plan was for those companies to build Apple’s car for it, although it isn’t clear how far those talks went.
Apple was also recently said to be talking to companies about batteries, potentially requiring them to be built in the United States. As for now, it isn’t even clear what the Apple Car project is — some say a fully-fledged self-driving car is in the works, while others believe the company wills ell its technology to others. If the latter is the case, it isn’t clear why Apple would be speaking to manufacturing companies.