Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
54,690
16,872


Apple supplier Foxconn is making a major push into electric vehicle manufacturing and has long been aiming to get into the vehicle market, according to a new profile of Foxconn's car ambitions that was shared by Nikkei.

Apple-car-wheel-icon-feature-purple.jpg

"If we can make iPhones, why can't we make EVs?" Foxconn founder and former chairman Terry Gou said in an internal meeting. "It is an iPhone with four wheels."

Foxconn has been pursuing electric vehicles since 2014 when there was an "A-Fu Initiative" to build an electric vehicle prototype. That project ultimately folded because of the complexity of creating a car, but Foxconn is once again building up a vehicle supply chain with plans to get into EV manufacturing.

Gou's successor Young Liu is aiming to have Foxconn designs, components, and mechanical parts or software inside five percent of electric vehicles by 2025, and Foxconn is building factories in the U.S. and Thailand for car assembly.

Apple too is making inroads into car manufacturing with its long running "Project Titan," and though the project has evolved and shifted over the years, rumors suggest that Apple is working on creating a full electric vehicle that could come out by 2028.

Foxconn subsidiaries already supply parts to companies like Tesla and BMW, and Foxconn has signed vehicle supply deals with Fiat and Chrysler owner Stellantis and is working with Geely to develop software platforms and whole vehicles. It is also planning to manufacture vehicles for Fisker.

As Foxconn is already a major Apple supplier, Foxconn could play a key role in Apple's future vehicle plans. According to Nikkei, Foxconn is assumed to be a candidate to produce Apple Cars.

Rumors have suggested that Apple is pursuing manufacturing partners and talking with multiple companies at the current time, though there's no concrete word yet on the companies that Apple will end up working with for the Apple Car.

Article Link: Apple Supplier Foxconn Eager to Break Into Electric Vehicle Manufacturing
 
  • Angry
Reactions: DeepIn2U

gaximus

macrumors 68000
Oct 11, 2011
1,552
2,617
Even Tesla started by partnering with a car manufacturer(Lotus), let's hope this isn't an Apple Maps situation.
 

Freida

macrumors 68040
Oct 22, 2010
3,459
4,673
I really have no idea what Apple wants to bring to the table especially when they are nowhere near a release. 2027? By then most of the big players will be miles away and I doubt Apple can catch up. Companies can't even keep up with Tesla so apart from fancy design and maybe interesting software I don't see Apple bringing anything awesome.

I think they should have started ages ago and by now they should be close to EVT or something.

6 years away? Well, I don't see it. Tesla will be owning most of the important market share that Apple is going for.
 

SFjohn

macrumors 6502
Sep 8, 2016
491
562
I remain optimistic about an Apple Car whenever it’s released. A driverless vehicle that is comfortable and functional inside. I think Apple can solve things like motion sickness, work & entertainment inside a car that I don’t think anyone is really working on. Plus it will be the safest car on the road. All this with a beautiful design inside & out. Perhaps they won’t be sold, but be released in cities as a service. Who knows? I still believe Apple is capable of surprising us with great new ideas.
 

DelayedGratificationGene

macrumors 6502
Jan 11, 2020
349
731
I really have no idea what Apple wants to bring to the table especially when they are nowhere near a release. 2027? By then most of the big players will be miles away and I doubt Apple can catch up. Companies can't even keep up with Tesla so apart from fancy design and maybe interesting software I don't see Apple bringing anything awesome.

I think they should have started ages ago and by now they should be close to EVT or something.

6 years away? Well, I don't see it. Tesla will be owning most of the important market share that Apple is going for.
Man if that isn’t exactly what they were saying for iphone rumors…”Apple smartphones will never catch up to the competition”….
 

Flight Plan

macrumors 6502a
May 26, 2014
585
530
Southeastern US
SFjohn, I like your optimism but seeing the he11 Tesla is going thru to achieve the same lofty goal I have to wonder.
Oh hell's bells, we can't say "hell" anymore? What the hell?

This world is going to hell in a handbasket.

Except for San Francisco; that place is going someplace else, but probably right around the corner from hell. 😁 🤭
 

keco185

macrumors newbie
Apr 19, 2021
23
492
The hard parts of an EV are the battery supply, power electronics, and large-scale manufacturing. None of those things apply directly to iPhone.
 

syklee26

macrumors 6502a
Jul 26, 2005
510
976
Ok safe to say I will not buy any car made at Foxconn if Terry really thinks it is just an iphone with 4 wheels
 

rp100

macrumors regular
Sep 15, 2016
115
252
"It is an iPhone with four wheels."

God only knows how it will pan out, but I love their attitude!

Tesla broke through the metaphorical wall of the automotive industry and right behind them marches... a consumer electronics manufacturer!
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.