An automotive project known as the Project Titan inside Apple has been gaining momentum in recent months.
Many people wonder today which companies will partner the technology giant to assemble the Apple car and to supply components for its production.
Bloomberg has reported about five potential candidates. We’ve already heard about some of them, for example, about a possible cooperation with Hyundai/Kia (some media recently wrote of this, and we did it too).
The Hyundai Motor Company initially confirmed it was in discussions with Apple, but then declined the rumors. Some kind of negotiations were apparently conducted, but were not finalized.
Both Hyundai and Kia have dedicated plants in Alabama and Georgia, the USA, so they could be the production sites for Apple cars.
Foxconn Technology Group has been Apple’s largest production partner for years. So, its participation in car building is more than possible.
In October, Foxconn unveiled its first electric-vehicle chassis and a software platform; it also has plans to launch a solid-state battery by 2024.
Moreover, the company announced in early 2020 that it would form a joint venture with Fiat Chrysler to develop and make electric vehicles in China.
Foxconn is in relationship with Byton Ltd (a Chinese EV startup) too, plus a venture with China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. is in the pipeline to provide production and consulting services.
Canadia Magna is the world’s third-largest auto supplier by sales, which makes a lot of car components, including chassis, seats, software for driver assistance.
The company pitches its engineering and manufacturing services to electric vehicle startups, such as Fisker Inc.
In December 2020, Magna invested in a joint venture with Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. to produce EV powertrains. In addition, the company takes part in building the ArcFox Alpha-T all-electric crossover for Beijing Automotive Group Co.
Besides, Apple and Magna were in talks to build the Apple car several years ago. The both may resume the talks.
Nissan already has a common EV platform for the Ariya SUV developed with its partner Renault SA.
When asked if Nissan would wish to build cars for Apple, the company’s CEO said that Nissan “has the DNA to do things others won’t do.”
It’s clear that Nissan would benefit from access to Apple’s technologies, but will Apple consider the partnership with Nissan to be beneficial?
Newly created Stellantis has available production capacity to offer to Apple. And the company declares its readiness to work on electric vehicles with Apple or other technology company.