Christmas arrives hot with the theme of the autonomous car of the big apple. There are many rumors that have been circulating around this idea for years: tests with autonomous driving models, conversations with engine manufacturers, battery-related patents… It is clear that within Apple they are interested in immersing themselves in the automotive industry with a new car which has been baptized as ‘Apple Car’. On the other hand, the current CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, states on Twitter that Tim Cook refused to meet with Tesla at its worst for the sale of the company to Apple for a tenth of its real value.
Tesla smells Apple’s intentions in the development of its own car
The mess of all this began with the publication by Reuters of a report in which it is assured that Apple would start the production of its own car in 2024 with a “next level technology”. In the report based on anonymous conversations around the Big Apple, it is ensured that Apple feels sufficiently technological to consider mass production profitable enough to effectively distribute its Apple Car around the world.
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In terms of technology, it was said that a radical change in the cost and autonomy of batteries making use of a ‘single cell’ design. In this way, it was intended to increase the amount of active material inside the battery using lithium-ferrophosphate batteries. According to the source, this material allowed for greater safety and less overheating than other batteries.
During the darkest days of the Model 3 program, I reached out to Tim Cook to discuss the possibility of Apple acquiring Tesla (for 1/10 of our current value). He refused to take the meeting.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2020
The mess continues when Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, posted on his personal Twitter account a series of messages around Tim Cook and Apple. Apparently, “in the toughest moments of the Tesla Model 3” Elon Musk tried to hold meetings with Apple to offer the sale of the company for a tenth of its value. Those conversations did not occur according to Elon and also the ‘battle’ intensified as a result of the first rumors of car manufacturing by Apple a few years ago.