Apple May Introduce Autonomous Electric Vehicle with New Battery Tech by 2024

By Paul Riegler on 25 December 2020
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The main staircase in Apple’s newly reopened store in New York City

Apple could bring its own autonomous electric vehicle to market by 2024, using a new battery design that improves range and lowers the cost of the batteries themselves.

The new-car program, which has been on and off since 2014, is internally known as Project Titan.

The move could stem from the return of Apple veteran Doug Field, who had worked at Tesla for a period of time before returning to the Cupertino-based company to oversee the project in 2018.

Project Titan has apparently progressed to the point where a launch date for the self-driving vehicle is being contemplated, a new report from Reuters said.

The new battery technology could “radically” reduce the cost of batteries and improve vehicle range, one person familiar with the matter and who has seen the new design told Reuters.

Apple reportedly plans to use a unique “monocell” design for the new batteries which would bulk up the individual cells in the battery and free up space inside the battery pack by eliminating pouches and modules that hold battery materials, another person told Reuters.  Apple might use lithium iron phosphate for its batteries, that person said, as it is less likely to overheat than other types of lithium-ion batteries.

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