Apple is again in negotiations with BMW to adopt the i3’s carbon fiber body for an upcoming electric car, according to a new report. CEO Tim Cook and other Apple executives are said to have recently visited BMW’s i3 production plant in Leipzig, Germany.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Apple is interested in the i3. Back in March, two different automotive magazines reported that the Cupertino company was looking to strike a deal with BMW, but the latter quickly denied there was any truth in the claims.
Now German publication Manager Magazin reports that Apple and BMW originally began negotiating last fall, and although talks had previously stalled, they are now in full flow again.
It’s thought Apple’s car could look just like the i3, which has been mostly well-received since making its debut. The vehicle currently offers around 80 miles in between charges, but has an optional petrol-powered range extender for longer journeys.
BMW is also said to be developing a new model that will have a “significantly larger electric range,” reports Manager Magazin.
Apple has been rumored to be working on an electric vehicle for some time, and its recruitment of auto industry executives has repeatedly fueled speculation. However, it’s likely to be many years before we see Apple “iCars” hitting the roads.