At this point, a physical report from Reuters on Tuesday, Apple is busy discussing a potential battery deal with China's CATL and BYD. The tech giant wouldn't need automotive batteries if it didn't have its eye on building a real car, as opposed to just car software, that's for sure.sure is feeling a lot like a poorly kept secret. According to a new
Citing sources familiar with the discussions, Apple wants to use a lithium-phosphate battery due to their cheaper construction and use of iron, rather than cobalt or nickel. It's not clear if these talks include previously reported "" battery technology Apple supposedly developed for its car program.
The company reportedly wants any firm it partners with for a battery supply deal to agree to the construction of a US facility for the program, however. That may be a sticking point with CATL, the world's largest battery supplier, which also build its electric buses in the US.. The company is reportedly reluctant to build a US facility amid tensions between the US and China. BYD feels a little more friendly to the current political climate. Although it's a Chinese company, the firm currently employs a unionized workforce to
Apple did not immediately return a request for comment on the reported discussions, but expect silence. The company's been very private about its potential car plans for years now. Rumors heated up this year after discussions withfell through to build the vehicle, before both said they would not partner with Apple. Right now, a for the vehicle is the best estimate from analysts, and the Apple Car could involve advanced self-driving technology the tech giant's also been hard at work on.