Apple Electric Car Tentatively Scheduled for 2020 Production
If you were hoping to see an Apple Car driving around the streets much sooner than that, you may be disappointed, but a rough production timeline of five years is apparently in line with what automakers usually spend developing a car. Bloomberg says that Apple has about 200 people working on the project, but cautions that Apple could always decide against producing a car:
“Apple may decide to scrap its car effort or delay it if executives are unhappy with progress, as they’ve done before with other secret projects, the people said. The car team, which already has about 200 people, began ramping up hiring within the past couple of months as the company sought out experts in technologies for batteries and robotics, said one of the people.”
A separate report form The New York Times mentions that Apple’s electric car project is currently in “prototype phase” and corroborates the rough team size of 200 people, many of which come from organizations which “specialize in battery and automotive technologies”.
The Bloomberg story mentions that Apple has been offering lucrative salary packages and hiring bonuses to Tesla employees who leave to join the company. A separate report today from 9to5mac detailed a number of new hires at Apple who are apparently working on the car project.
The rumors of Apple working on an electric car have come as a surprise to many. It’s important to remember that, even though very reliable news organizations including The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, and Financial Times, are reporting about an Apple electric car, the story remains just that, a rumor.
(Above picture a car mockup created by The Onion, yes, The Onion)