The Apple Car is revealed in a new report: the partnership with Hyundai is confirmed, and the vehicle should be built around the manufacturer’s E-GMP platform. Which seems to make it possible to guess many points of the technical sheet of the Apple Car, in particular its autonomy, maximum speed and charging time.
The famous analyst Mign-Chi Kuo has just painted a first robot portrait of the Apple Car, the future electric car of the Cupertino company. The analyst confirms that Apple will produce it in partnership with Hyundai and allows himself to go further by saying that the vehicle will use the new Hyundai E-GMP engine platform.
Hyundai E-GMP is a platform exclusively dedicated to the manufacturer’s electric vehicles. He must equip Hyundai and Kia electric vehicles from 2021. E-GMP has the advantage of supporting batteries from many manufacturers. Its recharge can work in 400V or 800V in a bi-directional way.
Apple Car set to adopt new Hyundai E-GMP powertrain platform
Hyundai said during its presentation that its platform can deliver more than 500 km of autonomy (WLTP), while supporting 350 kW rapid charging which, according to the manufacturer, allows the vehicle to be recharged at 80% in just 18 minutes. And that’s not all : 5 minutes of charging is enough to give it 100 km of additional autonomy.
In addition to this, E-GMP cars can achieve a top speed of 260 km / h, and do 0-100 km / h in just 3.5 seconds. Hyundai explains that the advantages of E-GMP include “More flexibility in development, powerful driving performance, increased range, enhanced safety features and more interior space for passengers and their luggage”
And to specify that “Standardized battery systems can be tuned to deliver performance appropriate for a specific segment of vehicles, to maximize range or to suit varying customer needs”. Apple could not therefore dream of a more versatile option, what is more with a manufacturer who already has a lot of experience in the construction of electric vehicles.
E-GMP will benefit Hyundai first. Several Hyundai selective vehicles under this engine are programmed. The Ioniq 5, a compact crossover, is expected to launch in the first half of 2021. The Ioniq 6, a mid-size sedan, should go into production in 2022. As for the Ioniq 7, a mid-size crossover, it should be produced by 2024.
Apple Car will not be released before 2025 at the earliest
Kia is also expected to produce the first E-GMP vehicle in the second half of 2021. Due to this busy schedule – and Apple’s specifications – it will probably be necessary to be patient before discovering the Apple Car. In any case, that’s what Ming-Chi Kuo thinks about it: “We predict that Apple will launch the Apple Car by 2025 at the earliest. Based on experience, new iPhones typically go 18-24 months from initial specification to production. mass ”, estimates the South Korean analyst.
Before continuing: “Taking into account the increased development time, tighter validation criteria, the complexities of the supply chain and different sales and technical support channels for automobiles, we believe that Apple, which lacks experience in the construction industry, of vehicles is already in a very tight schedule if he wants to launch the Apple Car in 2025 “.
Ming-Chi Kuo also believes that the 2025 horizon is too ambitious and that the release will certainly be postponed further because of the requirements of the firm : “We believe Apple will leverage existing OEM resources and focus on software and hardware for autonomous driving, semiconductors, battery-related technologies, form factor and interior design, a innovative user experience and integration with the current Apple ecosystem ”, explains Ming-Chi Kuo.
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Before adding: “Taking advantage of the existing resources of car manufacturers means using a large number of components from current automotive partners. An electric vehicle has between 40 and 50 times more components than a smartphone, so if Apple wants to build its own automotive supply chain, the Apple Car will be launched at a later date than 2025 which could reduce its competitive advantage ”.