In recent months, news of Apple’s self-driving car has become unprecedentedly hot, and in the latest case, informed sources have cited Kia as the manufacturer of this car.
The Korean company will produce Apple’s first electric car, according to sources familiar with Kia Motors’ plans, according to Edaily. With the release of this news, the value of Kia Motor shares in the Seoul market increased by 20%.
Reuters also published a report based on a statement by Kia Motor executives. In the statement, Kia merely stated that it was seeking to develop electric vehicle and car technology in collaboration with several foreign companies, and did not directly mention Apple.
Reuters Also covered this important news. The news published by this news agency refers to the statement of Kia Motors executives. Apparently, the company’s top executives had said that Kia was only looking to develop electric vehicle and car technology in collaboration with several foreign companies, and did not mention Apple directly.
Given that Kia has had good experience in producing the first generation Soul EV since 2014 and is one of the leading companies in the field of modern electric vehicles, this decision of Apple seems quite reasonable.
Kia plans to introduce at least seven electric vehicles to the market by 2027, and it is expected to launch an electric vehicle model with an independent platform by 2021.
Undoubtedly, designing and manufacturing a car is much more difficult and laborious than designing a smartphone. Creating a proprietary car platform will not be cost-effective just for Apple cars, and it makes sense for Apple’s car to be developed on Hyundai-Kia’s most advanced platform.