Amid rumors that it is working on its own car, Apple is reportedly exploring the technology needed to charge electric vehicles, according to a new report. Specifically, Apple has begun speaking with charging station companies and making hires in the area, according to Reuters.
Apple is now asking charging station companies about their underlying technology, one person with knowledge of the matter said. The talks, which have not been reported, do not concern charging for electric cars of Apple employees, a service the company already provides. They indicate that Apple is focused on a car, the person added.
Apple has also hired at least four electric vehicle charging specialists, including former BMW employee Rónán Ó Braonáin, who worked on integrating charging infrastructure into home energy systems as well as communication between EVs, BMW and utilities, according a LinkedIn review.
Reuters is quick to point out, however, that none of its sources specifically indicated Apple is building charging stations. If Apple is indeed working on an electric vehicle, it would make sense that the company is exploring other infrastructure to support it.