The electric car should contain a new battery technology, it says in the report without further details.
After the first reports about Project Titan, which is supposedly the internal development name for the car, in February 2015, the project went quiet for the time being. More recently, government applications have made it clear that Apple wants to test autonomous cars. The company received approval to test such vehicles on public roads in California in April 2017 and is already using some converted Lexus SUVs.
Apple is said to have initially hired more than 1,800 engineers to work on Project Titan. Then the focus was changed . In October 2016 it was announced that Apple had downsized the company and wanted to focus on the software side.
The former Apple engineer and top manager Bob Mansfield has been brought back and is said to have taken over the overall management of the car project. Mansfield is also said to have ended plans for a full vehicle and pushed ahead with the construction of a platform for autonomous vehicles. This is said to have made employees who Apple had recruited from the automotive industry to leave the project.
Many experts from the automotive industry had been asked about a possible Apple car. Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche said in early 2015 that, in his estimation, Apple was not building its own car. According to a later report, neither BMW nor Mercedes wanted to help Apple build its electric car.