A new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac) revealed the possible specs for Apple’s rumored electric vehicle, which could offer battery life on par with some cars from electric car pioneer manufacturer Tesla.
Kuo backs prior reports that the Apple car will be manufactured in partnership with Hyundai, specifically its Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). Since Hyundai announced E-GMP a few months back, we have somewhat of an idea of what to expect from an Apple Car.
Hyundai's E-GMP can cover more than 300 miles on a full charge as far as range goes, while a five-minute charge gets you 60 miles of range. That's not bad considering Tesla's Model 3 has a range of 263 miles to 353 miles on one charge, depending on the configuration.
Meanwhile, fast-charging gives you up to 80 percent capacity in 18 minutes. Additionally, it can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 160 mph.
But it's important to note these specs are reserved for the “high-performance model.”
In terms of an expected release date, Kuo says that “Apple will launch the car in 2025 at the earliest.”
The new iPhone takes about 18–24 months from initial specification definition to mass production based on experience. Given the longer development time, higher validation requirements, more complicated supply chain management, and very different sales/after-sales service channels for the automobiles, we believe that Apple, which lacks car building experience, is already on a tight schedule if it wants to launch the Apple Car in 2025.
This scenario is feasible only if Apple relies on using parts from other automakers rather than building its own. Kuo says an EV has “about 40–50 times more components than each smartphone, so if Apple wants to build a complete automotive supply chain on its own, the Apple Car will be released significantly later than 2025…”
Regardless of the different target dates, one thing is exact: we've got a very long time to go before any of us are riding around in an Apple Car. But when we do, it could be quite a spectacle.
Apple hires Porsche, VP of chassis development.
MacDailynews — A chassis expert's commitment is a clear signal that Apple itself is developing a mobile stand for the iCar. The spectacular personnel change from Zuffenhausen to Silicon Valley, so far, it has been quiet… At the end of last year, Harrer has said goodbye to colleagues without revealing the reason. According to the LinkedIn profile, he is still an employee of Porsche. I understand that the sports car manufacturer insisted on an industry-standard lock before Harrer can start with new employment.
The graduate engineer began his career at Audi, part of the Volkswagen group then moved to BMW, where he became a steering luminary. In May 2007, he accepted the call from Zuffenhausen, where he took over the principal department of the entire chassis development from 2016. A few months before his departure, Porsche boss Oliver Blume promoted him to series manager Cayenne.
His move to Apple is said to be more for the challenge and opportunity than for the money. Sources say he earned more than 600,000 euro ($721,000) annually at Porsche and is likely to be paid upward from a million dollars in his new role.
There has yet to be any announcement of Harrer's move, with his LinkedIn showing his continued employment at Porsche, but he was said to have said goodbye to colleagues at the end of 2020.