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Apr 12, 2001

Apple aims to manufacture the batteries that will be used in its autonomous vehicle in the United States, rather than sourcing them from suppliers in other countries, according to a new report from DigiTimes.


From the report:
Apple, which reportedly is mulling manufacture batteries for Apple Car in the US, may work with Taiwanese makers rather than Chinese ones, according to industry sources.

Taiwan-based Foxconn or Advanced Lithium Electrochemistry (Aleees), both of which plan to set up factories in the US, stand a chance of working with Apple on car batteries, the sources said.

Apple reportedly was looking to work with China's two largest battery suppliers, CATL and BYD, but Apple's insistence on using US-made batteries for Apple Car is making such partnerships seem unlikely, said the sources. None of these companies have confirmed the reports.
The report says that Foxconn, one of Apple's largest suppliers, and Advanced Lithium Electrochemistry, plan to set up plants in the United States, where the Apple Car battery production may take place. While the majority of Apple's products are assembled in China, many components are sourced from suppliers all around the world.

In the iPhone, for example, Apple uses glass made in Kentucky by Corning Glass, while other parts, such as the parts of the camera, are made by suppliers in Japan. With the Apple Car, which is still some years away, Apple is likely to take a similar approach to diversify its production supply chain.

Article Link: Apple Reportedly Aiming to Manufacture Apple Car Batteries in the United States
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macrumors regular
Oct 17, 2020
Building battery supply chains is the most important piece of making green energy viable. It would be great to have the jobs as well to balance the loss from automation.


macrumors 68040
Dec 8, 2008
Aside from the car being electric and having 4 wheels, do we know anything else about it?


macrumors 6502
Dec 26, 2006
That would be AWESOME to see this happen. Fingers crossed, this is great if comes to fruition. If were me, I'd say "C'mon Man, let's do it!"
It looks like those are for China-built cars.
Whoops, I was a little confused. You are correct. Looks like Tesla is building the batteries in USA. However, the battery cells are being produced in Japan.
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Jun 1, 2021
It’s stories like this that make me appreciate “The M2 will be coming next…”. At least those are tangible rumors. The Apple Car is still nothing more than Apple R&D tinkering + Rumor.
Many companies have R&D that play around in various technologies. That it then comes to retail product fruition isn’t by any means very likely. Apple could easily decide to not pursue this product Avenue.
Where they will produce the batteries for their mythical car sounds at best a media outlet/person looking for clicks. At worst it makes ‘Apple TV to be a 70” LED’ seem accurate.
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