Shortly after rumors emerged that suggested Hyundai was in talks to work with Apple on its next electric and autonomous vehicle, it is now claimed that responsibilities for the project would shift to Kia.
What if Hyundai passed the baby back to Kia? Some rumors from Korea claim that Kia will lead the Apple Car project and that the development and production of the vehicle could be handled by its plant in the US state of Georgia. eDaily doesn’t provide any source for claiming this, so take it with a grain of salt. According to information circulating on the web, Hyundai would rather focus on growing and developing its own brand rather than making the Apple car. It is also claimed that Hyundai is concerned that Apple itself wants to take over the project and simply use Hyundai as the producer of the vehicle.
On the other hand, Industry Insiders Say Partnership With Apple Could Strengthen Kia Brand and that such a car would fit well with the brand’s current investments, amid the launch of several electrified models in the years to come.
Apple needs help
Apple scrapped plans to develop a car in 2016, but a report released in late December said work on the project had resumed. Shortly after the news broke, the Hyundai group confirmed that it was in talks with Apple to collaborate on the development of autonomous electric vehicles. However, the Korean automaker quickly backed down, but still saw its shares increase by 24%.
Nothing is official yet but according to what emerges from all the hypotheses and other rumors of the web, Apple does not only want Hyundai / Kia to build the car, but also and above all that the Korean group helps it to develop. batteries.