Apple is reportedly talking to two companies about batteries for Apple Car

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What you need to know

  • Apple is reportedly talking to two companies about batteries for its electric car.
  • China's CATL and BYD are two companies in talks, according to a new report.

Apple is reportedly talking to two different Chinese companies about producing the electric batteries that could be used in a future Apple Car. Both CATL and BYD are said to be in discussions with Apple.

Citing "four people with knowledge of the matter," Reuters says that discussions are subject to change and that it doesn't know whether an agreement has been reached.

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is in early-stage talks with China's CATL (300750.SZ) and BYD (002594.SZ), about the supply of batteries for its planned electric vehicle, four people with knowledge of the matter said.The discussions are subject to change and it is not clear if agreements with either CATL or BYD will be reached, said the people who declined to be named as the discussions are private.

CATL is the company that supplies the likes of Tesla.

In terms of the chemical makeup of the batteries, Apple is said to be leaning towards the cheaper lithium iron phosphate option according to the same four people.

Apple is in favor of using lithium iron phosphate batteries that are cheaper to produce because they use iron instead of nickel and cobalt which are more expensive, the four people said.

Apple's been rumored to have plans for some sort of electric car for many years and while the story sometimes switches to Apple building autonomous tech for other companies, it's a story that refuses to go away. Nobody has seen Apple Car, but that I'd take anything even close to the concept images LeaseFetcher shared a few months back!

Apple has never confirmed Apple Car, but we do know that Project Titan lives on deep inside Apple with recent Bloomberg reports noting that a turnover of staff is underway.

It looks likely to be a few years before we see anything come out of Project Titan, if ever. In the meantime, why not get a little taste by adding CarPlay to your old car? These are some of the best CarPlat receivers you can find.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.