Citing reports from “four people with knowledge of the matter,” Reuters said Apple is in talks with Chinese battery manufacturers CATL and BYD to supply batteries for its electric vehicle. The informants preferred to remain anonymous, as it is not yet clear whether an agreement will be reached.
According to two sources, Apple has given potential battery suppliers a prerequisite to build manufacturing facilities in the United States.
CATL, the world’s largest battery manufacturer and already supplying batteries to major automakers including Tesla, is reluctant to build a plant in the United States due to political tensions between Washington and Beijing and high costs. The reaction of BYD, the fourth-largest battery manufacturer, to Apple’s demand is unknown. It is also unknown if Apple is in talks with other battery manufacturers.
Earlier it was reported that some “revolutionary” technology for the production of batteries may be used in the planned for release of an electric car by Apple. There is no information about whether the negotiations with CATL and BYD concerned their own technologies or Apple’s development. At the same time, according to the aforementioned four informants, Apple is in favor of using lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, which are cheaper to manufacture, since they use cheap iron instead of expensive nickel and cobalt.