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Report: Apple wants to be producing its cars by 2020

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Feb 2015 22:41 User comments (12)

Report: Apple wants to be producing its cars by 2020 Apple, who has allegedly had hundreds of engineers working on a car, would like to begin production on their electric vehicle by 2020, reads a new Bloomberg report.
If accurate, Apple's car could be ready to compete with Tesla and GM, both of which are fighting to bring the first electric car that can go over 200 miles per charge and cost less than $40,000, a major price point for consumers.

While Tesla has the leg up in the technology of the electric car world, Apple could very quickly catch up with the $178 billion in cash it is sitting on. The company has been hiring battery, car and robotics experts, and there are an expected 200 engineers working on the project now.

In fact, Apple has been so aggressive in hiring, that has been accused of "poaching" employees from battery maker A123 Systems and others like LG Chem, Samsung, Panasonic and Johnson Controls. Experienced car makers take about 5 to 7 years to bring a new concept and vehicle to market, says industry experts, but Apple has no experience in the space and is still trying to keep the same time frame.

As with all other Apple products, we will not have any confirmation on whether Apple is actually making the product until the day it's released.

(The pic is a random concept art, but hey it looks cool)

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12 user comments

121.2.2015 11:20

Good. More competition. It'd be nice if even more companies step up to the plate with Apple and Google.

It's well overdue. Our current car companies are too far in the pockets of the oil mafia to give the public truly fuel efficient transportation.

What ever happened to the hydrogen car? I haven't heard anything about them in awhile. Did the oil lobbyist get the government to strangle them out with so much red tape?

Voting public: "Hey, we want that billion in aid to be spent on research and development of alternative fuel sourced vehicles. Were sick of being held captive and lining the pockets of the middle eastern oil barons."

Government: "No, I'm sorry. That billion is earmarked for aid to the few countries which sent hundreds of terrorists to kill citizens across the globe. We have to rebuild their countries because we need to buy their oil."

221.2.2015 14:45

I am just waiting to see how they get there 30% cut. Maybe they will figure out a way to force anyone that wants to sell them an electric charge to pay an Apple fee of 30%? It could be also that if you want to make tires for the car you will need to get Apples permission and pay a nice 30% there as well.

I am sure though that somehow Apple will figure out a way and people will still buy them.

322.2.2015 8:12

Honestly if they find out a way great for them.

But someone will find a way to charge the vehicle by a generator or a solar panel and never have to pay for a charge again in seattle wa a guy did that with his electric car and doesn't have to pay a cent to charging stands because his vehicle does it while its parked by a solar panel

422.2.2015 15:55

Im hoping apple is one of those companies that advance several key components but then flops megahard. Apple has done enough to damage the PC and mobile electronics market.

who am i kidding there are enough A-tards to support apple till the end of time.


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523.2.2015 15:30

How is any of this better than bio diesel?

623.2.2015 23:30

Originally posted by bhetrick:
Good. More competition. It'd be nice if even more companies step up to the plate with Apple and Google.

It's well overdue. Our current car companies are too far in the pockets of the oil mafia to give the public truly fuel efficient transportation.

What ever happened to the hydrogen car? I haven't heard anything about them in awhile. Did the oil lobbyist get the government to strangle them out with so much red tape?

Voting public: "Hey, we want that billion in aid to be spent on research and development of alternative fuel sourced vehicles. Were sick of being held captive and lining the pockets of the middle eastern oil barons."

Government: "No, I'm sorry. That billion is earmarked for aid to the few countries which sent hundreds of terrorists to kill citizens across the globe. We have to rebuild their countries because we need to buy their oil."



AGREED! Competition keeps everyone honest.

However, I can't imagine driving around in a piece of fruit.

724.2.2015 0:07

Originally posted by oneguy:
How is any of this better than bio diesel?
Most people already have some form of electricity, sheer convenience in this case.

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824.2.2015 0:15

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by bhetrick:
Good. More competition. It'd be nice if even more companies step up to the plate with Apple and Google.

It's well overdue. Our current car companies are too far in the pockets of the oil mafia to give the public truly fuel efficient transportation.

What ever happened to the hydrogen car? I haven't heard anything about them in awhile. Did the oil lobbyist get the government to strangle them out with so much red tape?

Voting public: "Hey, we want that billion in aid to be spent on research and development of alternative fuel sourced vehicles. Were sick of being held captive and lining the pockets of the middle eastern oil barons."

Government: "No, I'm sorry. That billion is earmarked for aid to the few countries which sent hundreds of terrorists to kill citizens across the globe. We have to rebuild their countries because we need to buy their oil."



AGREED! Competition keeps everyone honest.

However, I can't imagine driving around in a piece of fruit.
the only reason i've stayed away from hybrids/electric vehicles is i cant stand how cheap and death trap like they look. if i could just drop an electric motor in my car, id be all over it. but as it stands i'll keep my gas guzzling chevy that wont "transform" into a Coffin if it hits a rock.

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924.2.2015 12:52

Originally posted by bhetrick:


What ever happened to the hydrogen car? I haven't heard anything about them in awhile. Did the oil lobbyist get the government to strangle them out with so much red tape?


Check out the Toyota Mirai, from what I have read Toyota is planing on making it one of the main cars. Just like they did with the Prius.

1026.2.2015 5:50

I love the sound my V8 makes and cannot imagine that an electric car playing a V8 sound track will be the same.

1126.2.2015 11:06

Originally posted by magictown:
I love the sound my V8 makes and cannot imagine that an electric car playing a V8 sound track will be the same.
It dose not intrigue you at all to have the possibility of the same power with no sound at all?

1226.2.2015 11:28

Originally posted by lamain:
Originally posted by magictown:
I love the sound my V8 makes and cannot imagine that an electric car playing a V8 sound track will be the same.
It dose not intrigue you at all to have the possibility of the same power with no sound at all?
I expect the electric cars to have much more power than my old V8 but if I drive fast I get a ticket, I have to constantly be on the lookout for police or gatso cameras. I enjoy the slow grunt & size of my V8 and here in the UK V8s are not on every street.

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