For how long can Apple deny its much-hyped car project! The iPhone maker is reportedly exploring how to charge electric cars.
Battery-powered cars apparently have environmental benefits, but they need charging stations. Apple is now looking for electric vehicles charging infrastructure companies and appointing proficient engineers in the area, according to people familiar with the matter and a review of LinkedIn profiles.
If reports are to be believed then the company is reaching charging station companies to discuss the underlying technology.
For more than a year, Apple is veiling its plans to build an electric car. But now, the company seems to be arranging the groundwork for such a product to power it up.
Last year, some automotive sources revealed that the company is studying EV (Electric Vehicle) as the Silicon Valley icon explores for new sources of revenue.
LinkedIn updates show that Apple has hired charging engineers, including Kurt Adelberger, former Google charging professional; and Nan Liu, an electric vehicle wireless charging engineer. Ronan O Braonain, former BMU employee who worked in integrating charging stations and for communication between electric vehicles and utilities, is also aboard.
Report also suggests that the company has been contacting charging station manufacturers to know how to charge electric vehicle. The company has already assisted its employees with access to free charging stations, so experts believe that the new connections contain possibilities of Apple’s electronic vehicles.
A SOURCE FAMILIAR WITH THE MATTER SAID, “IT WOULD BE NATURAL TO ASSUME IF APPLE IS GOING TO HAVE A FULL BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLE THAT CREATES A SEAMLESS CONSUMER EXPERIENCE THE WAY APPLE DOES, THE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE AND ITS AVAILABILITY WOULD BE OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE.”
Apple is predicted to contact various charging station manufactures, including VersiCharge, ChargePoint, General Electric, AeroVironment, Siemens, and others.
It’s still not clear if the company wants its own proprietary technology or just intends to get a system that compatible with other market offerings.
For long, the EV industry is facing inconsistency in the set up of charging stations. Many property owners are not willing to install such stations before Electric vehicles hit the roads. Moreover, drivers are cautious to buy an EV until installation of charging stations are extensively available.
While many assume that the recent news is positively of an Apple electric car, others believe it may be an answer to the mass shortage of chargers.
Rumours or whatever, it’s clear that something interesting is going right behind the doors in Silicon Valley and Apple is definitely planning big for electric cars in future.
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