If Apple is expected to launch its own electric car in the near future, it is obvious that the company would already need to be sourcing parts or looking for companies to make the components it needs for the car. This is why a report from Nikkei Asia that revealed that Apple had apparently shown off its schematics to a parts maker in 2020 doesn’t come as a surprise.
According to the report, it seems that a person who identified himself as an Apple parts manager reached out to Japanese auto supplier Sanden, telling them that Apple wanted to make electric vehicles. That person then went on to show Sanden the alleged schematics of the car, including the parts needed for the air conditioning of the vehicle.
For those unfamiliar, Sanden is one of the biggest manufacturers for air conditioner parts for cars, so it’s not surprising that Apple would reach out to them. The report goes on to claim that both companies then went on to discuss specific requirements for the parts. Unfortunately, it seems that Sanden won’t be providing the parts to Apple.
Due to the pandemic, Sanden filed for debt restructuring in June 2020 and the talks with Apple eventually stopped. There have been rumors suggesting that Apple had previously reached out to various carmakers to help them make their car, but to date we still have no idea who it will be.