Let the Apple Car rumors roll on. In a note to clients — as noted by 9to5Mac — analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offers what he thinks is the specs such a vehicle will offer.
He agrees with the rumor that Hyundai (or its Kia) brand will be Apple’s manufacturing partner for a car. With that in mind, he thanks an electronic vehicle made by such a partnership could, in a high end model, have a top speed of 160 miles per hour and have a 300-mile range when fully charged. It would take about 18 minutes to charge the Apple car to 80% capacity, Kuo opines. But don’t expect it anytime soon.
“Given the longer development time, higher validation requirements, more complicated supply chain management, and very different sales/after-sales service channels for the automobiles, we believe that Apple, which lacks car building experience, is already on a tight schedule if it wants to launch the Apple Car in 2025,” Kuo writes. “…We believe that Apple will leverage existing automaker resources and focus on self-driving hardware and software, semiconductors, battery-related technologies, form factor and internal space designs, innovative user experience, and integration with Apple’s existing ecosystem.”