Apple considering making Apple Car batteries in the U.S., says Digitimes

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What you need to know

  • Rumors persist that Apple may one day release an Apple Car.
  • A new industry report says batteries for the car could be made on U.S. soil.
  • Digitimes reports Apple may partner with Taiwanese manufacturers in the country.

A new report says that Apple may make batteries for its Apple Car in the U.S. with the help of Taiwanese manufacturers.

From Digitimes:

Apple, which reportedly is mulling manufacturing batteries for Apple Car in the US, may work with Taiwanese makers rather than Chinese ones, according to industry sources.Taiwan-based Foxconn or Advanced Lithium Electrochemistry (Aleees), both of which plan to set up factories in the US, stand a chance of working with Apple on car batteries, the sources said.

The report states that Apple had been looking to work with two Chinese suppliers, CATL and BYD, but the companies "insistence on using US-made batteries for Apple Car is making such partnerships seem unlikely", although the report doesn't make clear whether this is for logistical reasons or for political ones. It does however state that Apple wants to produce its Apple Car batteries "with the trade war still raging and the potential of its domestic market", suggesting Apple is mindful of the tension between the two nations but also the marketability of a car made at least partly in the U.S.

We've heard multiple reports that Apple is trying to build an autonomous electric vehicle, but that it won't debut until 2024 or 2024. We've also heard reports that Apple has had conversations with multiple car manufacturers such as Kia and parent company Hyundai, who are purportedly a potential partner. We've also heard that Apple's car will be a "very high-end model" that costs significantly more than regular electric vehicles currently on the market.

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