Kia is reportedly seeking partners to build Apple's electric vehicles in Georgia
Kiais seeking partners to help build Applevehicles in Georgia, The Wall Street Journal reported.
- Bloomberg reported that Apple and
Hyundai, Kia's parent company, had "paused" talks.
- Apple hasn't publicly commented on the negotiations.
Kia is reportedly seeking a production partner to build Apple's electric vehicles in Georgia, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Apple has reportedly been in talks with Hyundai, Kia's parent company, about a partnership on the vehicles. Last week, Hyundai executives were reportedly "agonizing" over the deal.Apple and Hyundai were reportedly close to a deal this week, CNBC reported on Wednesday. But Bloomberg reported on Friday that Apple and Hyundai had "paused" their discussions. It wasn't clear when they'd resume, the report said.
If Kia finds a local partner to build an Apple vehicle in Georgia, it's unclear how involved Hyundai would be in making the vehicles."We are not a company which manufactures
hired thousands to work on the project, before reportedly scaling back the project and laying some of them off in 2016. In the last few years, Apple poached employees from rival electric car maker Tesla.
The company may have been working on an electric van. The vehicle project laid off or reassigned about 200 workers in 2019. The vehicle project has led to an ever-growing list of patents, which hint at some potential features.
South Korean media reported on January 10 that Hyundai and Apple planned to sign a deal by March 2021. They were planning to make a "beta" version of an Apple electric vehicle in 2022, then start full-scale production in 2024, according to the report.
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