Apple seems to have great difficulty in finding a partner to produce its electric car. After breaking off negotiations with Hyundai, Cupertino would look for another manufacturer and according to the Financial Times it is towards Nissan that it would have been interested. This information was quickly denied by the Japanese industrialist directly to Reuters. “We are not in discussions with Apple. However, Nissan is always open to exploring collaborations and partnerships to accelerate the transformation of the industry ”.
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The Financial Times explains for its part that brief exchanges would have taken place between the two entities but that the discussions would have come to an end, Nissan refusing to become a simple performer in the production process. This information nevertheless confirms the fact that Apple has indeed ended the discussions with the Hyundai / Kia group. Indeed, Cupertino would not have appreciated the many leaks in the press even as the negotiations were only beginning with the Korean.
Apple seems determined to launch an electric and autonomous Apple Car in 2025 but while the battery and software part should be managed in-house, industrial production requires the help of a well-established partner in the industry. Discussions would also take place with Peugeot and GM but they would focus more on the supply of certain components and not on the large-scale production part. Anyway, Apple seems doomed to find a partner in the automotive industry if it wishes to carry out the ex-project Titan, and it is anything but a formality.
Source : Financial Times