Apple Car Could Arrive by 2020: Report

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

In roughly five years, you might be driving to get groceries while your children play with iPads in the back seat as you receive text messages on your iPhone, all while riding in your… iCar?

A new report by Bloomberg suggests that Apple Inc. is seeking to have a car of its own on roads by 2020. It also says the cash rich tech giant has been working secretly on the project. The aggressive project would see Apple’s car going to market roughly three years after the time when General Motors and Tesla hope to have their affordable electric cars on sale.

GM unveiled the Bolt concept in January, a small electric car concept that would be able to travel 200 miles on a single charge with a targeted price below $40,000. That goal matches what Tesla is setting for the Model 3 in both price and range.

Amid rumors of Apple’s plan to enter the automobile business, former GM executive Dan Akerson expressed pessimism over Apple’s desire to compete in global heavy manufacturing.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is under pressure to return value to the company’s shareholders. Last year its research and development expenses were $6.04 billion compared to $178 billion in cash the company is currently holding.

Meanwhile, Google is also working to enter the automobile business by developing a self-driving car that is also expected to arrive within the next five years.

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[Source: Automotive News]

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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