According to a report Thursday by Shanghai-based news outlet Yicai Global, Apple partnered with Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) on the project.
“The Cupertino-based tech titan is working with Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL), a battery manufacturer in China’s Fujian province, on a scheme based on a confidentiality agreement. The parties are working together in the field of batteries, sources involved with the cooperation said.”What this could mean for Apple is still up in the air, of course, as it doesn’t necessarily confirm one way or another if Apple’s aspirations for a car with its brand on it are still dead or slowly being revitalized. Still, the hypothetical situation where Apple is working on a car battery does suggest its Project Titan may involve an electric vehicle.
In 2012, a report claimed that Apple dropped Samsung and switched to Amperex for iPad and MacBook batteries. However, Amperex is nowhere to be found on the February 2017 list of Apple suppliers, and neither is its parent company.
Amperex produced a replacement battery for Samsung’s ill-fated Note 7, but it too was plagued by a manufacturing issue that could cause it to catch fire due to the welding defect.