Apple Finds Someone to Build the Apple Car, and No, It’s Not Who You Think It Is

The work on Apple’s first electric vehicle is still underway. According to people familiar with the matter, the project is already in an advanced stage where the Cupertino-based tech behemoth needs to find a partner to handle the manufacturing process.
LG Magna e-Powertrain will be created by July this year 1 photo
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After failed talks with several traditional car companies, including Hyundai and Nissan, it looks like Apple has found someone to build its Apple Car.

While most people would have expected Foxconn, the number one iPhone assembly partner, to handle the EV production, a recent report citing people familiar with the matter reveals Apple is close to signing a deal with a new joint venture formed by LG Electronics and Magna International.

Only a few details are available right now, but it looks like LG would control 51 percent of the JV, while Magna would be in charge of the other 49 percent.

The discussions are still underway, but a decision should be made sooner rather than later, with the joint venture projected to be ready by July this year. The JV was originally announced in December last year.

At some level, Apple working together with LG makes total sense for two different reasons. First of all, Apple and the South Korean firm have already collaborated on the production of essential iPhone parts. In theory, LG is already included in the company’s partner network, which means it can easily meet its high standards and production requirements.

And second of all, LG has recently abandoned its mobile business, choosing instead to focus on other industry sectors, including EV parts. So working with Apple would help the company expand in this regard, especially as the Apple Car is seen as a pioneer in the EV world from a tech perspective.

According to the cited report, the first Apple Car prototype built by the LG-Magna joint venture is projected to see the daylight in 2024 at the earliest. That means the production-ready model should be finalized in 2025 or even later.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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