It is reported that Sanden is a supplier of automotive air-conditioning components. Previously, Apple had discussed specific parts requirements with Sanden. However, due to the epidemic, the financial difficulties of Sanden have been exacerbated. Moreover, Sanden has applied to its creditors for debt restructuring in June 2020. Since then, negotiations on the “Apple Car” have also stalled.
Although no more details related to the talks between the two companies have been revealed, the news further confirms Apple’s long-standing ambitions to create the rumored “Apple Car.”
In November, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Apple was accelerating work on the “Apple Car” and targeting electric vehicles with fully self-driving capabilities. Gurman also said that Apple is aiming to launch in 2025, but the project has been “ill-fated” in recent days, so the timeline is uncertain.