February 20, 2015
Apple reportedly has plans to have its own line of electric cars on the road by 2020.
The Cupertino company has yet to make an announcement of any kind about its plans, but sources within the auto industry revealed earlier this week that Apple is currently in talks with automotive manufacturers and suppliers to gain advice on parts and production methods.
According to Bloomberg’s latest report, Apple has ordered its development team to have the vehicle ready for production within five years.
The 200-person development team has been growing of late as Apple hires more experts in battery and robotics technologies, a source with “knowledge of the matter” told Bloomberg. To that end, Apple has been sued by electric-car battery maker A123 Systems for luring five of its top engineers away due to their knowledge in the area of battery technology.
Apple has declined to comment on the rumors of its electric car plans.
Earlier this week, it was reported Apple will also be examining automated driving.
“Carmakers will slowly build the market for autonomous cars by first releasing connected and partially automated cars,” a source told Reuters. “Apple is interested in all the potential ways you can evolve the car; that includes autonomous driving.”
Apple is not the only tech company with ambitions of getting vehicles on the road in the next half decade. Google is predicting its self-driving cars will be on U.S. highways by 2020.
And Google, one of Apple’s biggest rivals, already has a head start: it unveiled its finished prototype of its self-driving car in December.