Apple’s potential entry into the electric car market has provoked fevered speculation,
with conflicting reports that the company is making some kind of
electric minivan, and that it plans on challenging Google and Uber in
making a self-driving car.
At the very least, it has poached a bunch
of auto and battery engineers. Whatever it ends up doing, it might end
up borrowing substantially from what BMW is building. Apple CEO Tim Cook
and other executives reportedly met with BMW counterparts in Leipzig to
visit the production line of the company’s i3 electric car, according
to Germany’s Manager Magazin (link in German, via 9To5Mac).
The magazine reports that Apple is interested in the car’s carbon
fiber body, and that negotiations have been ongoing since the fall of
2014, but that no deal is in place.
The i3 is a high-tech and very well regarded compact electric car, and is BMW’s first all electric effort.
Manager Magazin is well regarded, but as with anything having to do
with Apple’s foray into the auto market, hard facts are hard to come by.
And even if BMW has a hand in the body, production, or propulsion of
the vehicle, it’s a safe bet that anything Apple produces will be very,
very different from the i3 on the road today.
Apple did not immediately return a request for comment.