It has been reported that Apple is planning to produce a passenger vehicle in 2024, that would include its own breakthrough battery technology.
Apple launched its automotive project by the name of Project Titan back in 2004 it first began designing its own vehicles from scratch. The project was overlooked for some time as the company kept its focus on software and reevaluated its goals, until 2018 when the project began receiving more attention.
Since then, Apple has continued to work on the project and has now reached the point where it is looking forward to building a personal vehicle for consumers.
The main drive behind Apple’s proposed creation is its new battery design that could significantly reduce the cost of batteries and increase the vehicle's range, according to reports.
While the company has all the resources to put such a plan into action being a tech giant, it is after all, mainly a cellphone company. Perhaps Apple would rely on a manufacturing partner to make this happen.
Apple has refused to comment on its future production plans, but circumstances related to the pandemic could possibly push the company’s vehicle production plan to 2025 or even later perhaps.
Sources have revealed that Apple may use lidar sensors in its vehicle that help self-driving cars get a three-dimensional view of the road and scan different directions. The technology is event part of Apple’s latest products, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Pro models.
Apple’s battery technology may feature a unique "monocell" design that bulks up individual cells in the battery and frees up space inside the battery pack by eliminating pouches and modules that hold battery materials. This could give the vehicle a potentially longer range. Another chemistry for the battery could be lithium iron phosphate, that causes less over-heating and is, therefore, safer than other types of lithium-ion batteries.