Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 08:46
Category: battery, Hardware, Rumor
Apple is looking towards a means of charging its cars, whenever they may happen to debut.
The company is rumored to be in talks with several charging station companies about their underlying technologies.
The talks are largely unsurprising given that Apple is widely believed to be researching and developing its own electric vehicle, which could enter production by 2020.
The charging firms themselves are reportedly treading carefully and limiting they information with Apple, which may wind up being a competitor in the next decade.
It is unclear whether Apple would want its own proprietary technology, such as Tesla Motors’ Supercharger network, or design a system compatible with offerings from other market players.
While the report offers few specifics, it does outline a larger goal and opens the question as to whether Apple would want to create its own charging technology or partner with an outside provider.
The report also reflects upon a series of charging-related hirings that Apple has made in recent months, based on LinkedIn profiles, such as Nan Liu, described as “an engineer who researched a form of wireless charging for electric vehicles,” and former Google charging expert Kurt Adelberger.
As more electric vehicles begin to arrive on the roads, it is expected that EV automakers will have to expand their charging stations to accommodate. Tesla, for example, currently has around 600 charging stations worldwide, which pales in comparison to the nearly 400,000 reservations for its lower-priced Model 3.
As always, stay tuned for additional details as they become available.