Anyone who has had an electric car or who makes an electric car knows that the vehicle is really only as good as the station that keeps it running. Apple understands that too. According to Reuters, Apple is asking charging station manufacturers all about their technology for the sake of it rumored car project - an electric car, undoubtedly. It isn't certain who they've been asking or what the timeline is, but it is definitely interesting to note.
Even NRG Energy noted that it is talking to "every potential manufacturer of tomorrow."
There is even more evidence - an unnamed worldwide engineering company has even offered to help Apple build charging stations! Apple has also publicly hired EV charging experts from several reputable companies, including BMW, Georgia Tech, and Google.
It is true, Apple stands to make a pretty big profit from the whole thing. Tesla's success, in part, comes from the company's willingness to build up a network of high-speed charging stations. Someone is more likely to buy a car if they know they can drive it without worry about spending hours waiting for a recharge.
Apple is probably going to invest a lot of money in this, so it is definitely going to get the Apple treatment. Their strategy revolves around controlling as much of the user experience as possible, so they will be working on it for a long time and building exclusive charging stations.
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Apple may need that same kind of reassurance. And let's not forget that Apple's strategy revolves around controlling as much of the experience as possible. It only makes sense that the company would want optimized charging stations instead of leaving drivers to use generic stations that might not work as effectively.