Apple’s Apple Car development team paid a low-key visit to SK LG in South Korea

Spark Global Limited reports:

Spark Global Limited reports:

According to Digitimes, citing industry sources, Apple’s development team recently secretly visited SK Group and LG Electronics in South Korea to develop new businesses such as the electric Car (tentative name).

The Korean industry sees Apple’s move as an attempt to seek a partnership, and some analysts say it may mean that Apple will establish some kind of partnership with Korean auto parts companies.

It is well known that The Korean chaebol have vast resources and a tight grip on the supply chain, whether Samsung, LG or SK are the country’s top head players. Apple was also rumored to be in talks with Kia in the past, but the deal was scrapped due to hyundai’s leak.

SK Group, which owns SK Innovation, an energy behemoth, and LG Chem, a leading battery maker, could supply batteries for an Apple car.

 

It’s worth noting, however, that it’s been previously reported that Apple’s requirement for partners is to build batteries in the U.S. for use in its self-driving cars, rather than sourcing them from suppliers in other countries. So while Apple has also approached Ningde Times and BYD, neither seems willing to build in the US.