Apple's Electric Car Expected 2025 With 18-Minute Fast Charge

Yolanda Curtis
February 4, 2021

Apple will take an equity stake in Kia, which will build a manufacturing facility for the autonomous electric vehicle in Georgia, according to South Korea's Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

The Taycan is Porsche's first electric vehicle, the production-ready version of which was revealed in late 2019. That effectively allows 248 miles of range from a very quick recharge. Coming to the speed and acceleration figures, the Hyundai platform offers a top speed of 260 km/h and can go from 0-100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds.

While certainly no match for the best Tesla has to offer right now, Apple is starting with what looks like a very impressive platform to build upon.

Apple is investing 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion) in Kia Motors in a collaboration to built an electric vehicle.

An electric Apple auto would rival vehicles from Tesla Inc and companies such as upstart Lucid Motors and China's Nio Inc, as well as established manufacturers like Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG. Further delays may also occur based on a number of factors including self-driving technology, component supplies (or lack thereof), and figuring out how to integrate a vehicle with Apple's existing devices and services.

Hyundai-Kia is also willing to give Apple control over both the ‌Apple Car‌ software and the hardware, with Apple planning for a full Apple-branded vehicle and not a Kia model that includes Apple software.

"The first Apple Cars will not be created to have a driver", a source said. That certainly fits with a planned 2025 launch.

Kuo predicts that Hyundai Mobis will be in charge of design and production for selected Apple Car components, and Kia will provide the United States production line for the Apple Car in Georgia.

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