More and more it seems thatis far from dead. Rather, it continues to find new life in a number of reports linking Korean automaker Hyundai Motor to the project in a potential upcoming partnership announcement. However, it may not be the Hyundai brand that is working on the Apple car, but rather Kia.
A report from Reuters, via Korean publication Edaily, said Hyundai Motor, the parent automaker of Hyundai and Kia, will task the Kia division to work with Apple Car. The brand also said on Wednesday that it was considering cooperation with foreign companies in the field of autonomous and electric vehicles. Kia made no mention of Apple, though the comment follows reported connections with the tech giant. Kia did not immediately return Roadshow’s request for comment, and neither did Apple. In the past, Hyundai has declined to comment on speculation about work on an Apple car.
Earlier this month, various reports assessedinside the tech company and said we might see a final vehicle in 2024 at the earliest. A separate report says the company could show a prototype of the vehicle next year. Interestingly, one of the reports from last month also named the Kia Georgia plant as the rumor , which coincides with the news of Kia’s possible involvement in the latest round of rumors.
Sources say Apple is working hard on groundbreaking EV battery technology and automated driving systems to help usher in a game-changing car. Choosing an established automaker to handle final production seems straightforward, as Apple has no history of building cars. If you need an example of how difficult it is to build cars, take a look at Tesla’s relatively short history in the industry.
We’ll have to wait and see if this Kia-Apple connection comes to life, so for now, keep shaking up these rumors a bit.