According to rumors, Apple and Hyundai met again to discuss improvements for the first-ever electric car manufactured by Apple. Rumours claim that Kia, an affiliate of Hyundai Group, has worked with Japanese partners in their current EV project.
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These collaborations will result in 100,000 units of Apple’s electric car. According to Apple Insider, Apple expects to attract several Japanese automakers to its EV.
The future electric vehicle will also be made at Kia’s West Point facility, which is in Georgia, USA.
According to sources, “Kia Corp. approached potential partners regarding a plan to assemble Apple Inc.’s long-awaited electric vehicle in Georgia,” stated Hyundai Group via MacRumors.
Apple car will have 100,000 units
Hyundai Group stated that their proposal would result in a multibillion dollar investment.
According to the company, Hyundai had spoken with Apple about a deal that would see its subsidiary Kia start building cars under Apple’s brand in 2024.
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Apple’s partner manufacturer stated that the agreement also stipulates that approximately 100,000 electric cars will be built in Georgia within the first year of production.
Six Japanese manufacturers are expected to be partners
Apple’s talks with Hyundai Group, on the other hand, are expected to draw around six Japanese automakers to oversupply partnership and manufacturing contributions. Honda and Mazda are yet to confirm if Apple is also inquiring about their electric vehicle projects.
Nissan declined to comment. Tatsuo Yoshida is a Bloomberg Intelligence senior analyst. He explained that giant Japanese automakers are often busy with their own development, sales, and manufacturing. Yoshida said that Nissan and Mitsubishi aren’t really busy right now, hinting that they might be considered as potential manufacturer partners.
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