Apple Reportedly Working on Car Batteries With Chinese Manufacturer

Apple’s dreams of building its own car may have gone by the wayside at this point, but the company certainly still sees a future in the automotive industry one way or another.

One such route has already been well documented up to this point, with Apple developing software for self-driving cars. The company is currently testing that approach in the state of California, but it looks like their goals may be broadening just a bit. The Chinese news source YiCai Global has reported that Apple is currently working with a Chinese manufacturer by the name of Contemporary Amperax Technology Limited (CATL), which is the region’s largest battery manufacturer.

“The Cupertino-based tech titan is working with Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL), a battery manufacturer in China’s Fujian province, on a scheme based on a confidentiality agreement. The parties are working together in the field of batteries, sources involved with the cooperation said.”

What this could mean for Apple is still up in the air, of course, as it doesn’t necessarily confirm one way or another if Apple’s aspirations for a car with its brand on it are still dead or slowly being revitalized. Still, the hypothetical situation where Apple is working on a car battery does suggest its Project Titan may involve an electric vehicle.

Meanwhile, CATL itself is planning on reaching 50 GWh by 2020, which would mean it would be the second-largest li-ion battery producer in the world, behind only Tesla/Panasonic. With Apple reportedly teaming up with the company, it could certainly remove one of the many bottlenecks that are perceived in the electric automobile market. If Apple does find a way to secure batteries for a vehicle, maybe it does mean that the Apple Car is still being developed behind-the-scenes.

Do you think Apple should launch a car? Or should the company remain focused on self-driving software?

[via MacRumors; YiCai Global]

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