Four people familiar with the matter said that Apple company Talks are in early stage with a number of car manufacturers about supplying Batteries for her electric car The people, who declined to be named because the discussions are private, said discussions are subject to change and it is not clear whether agreements will be reached with the two companies.
Two sources said that Apple has made building manufacturing facilities in the United States a requirement for potential battery suppliers, and a senior official in the administration of US President Joe Biden confirmed this requirement on Tuesday, and White House chief economic adviser Jared Bernstein told Reuters, “My understanding is that Apple is talking about building factories. advanced battery production here, here in the United States.”
“This is fully consistent with what the president has been talking about in terms of introducing supply chains, especially in areas where we might get a share of the global market,” he said. The two officials said Cattell, which supplies major automakers including Tesla, is reluctant to do so. Building a US factory due to political tensions between Washington and Beijing as well as cost concerns.
It was not immediately clear if Apple was also talking to other battery makers. Apple, which has not yet made a public announcement of its car plans, and CATL, the world’s largest car battery maker, declined to comment.
The four people said that Apple preferred to use less expensive lithium iron phosphate batteries because they use iron instead of nickel and cobalt, which are more expensive. Reuters reported in December that the company was working on self-driving technology and was targeting 2024 to produce a passenger car.