In a tweet today, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple’s team of employees working on its long-rumored electric vehicle has “been dissolved for some time,” and needs to be reorganized soon to begin mass production by 2025.
The Apple Car project team has been dissolved for some time. The reorganization within the next three to six months is necessary to achieve the goal of mass production by 2025.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) March 15, 2022
Apple’s electric vehicle plans have reportedly suffered numerous setbacks since the project was approved in 2014, including several leadership changes. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that Apple was accelerating work on the project and aiming for a self-driving electric vehicle by 2021.
Apple’s Gurman said the company was targeting a 2025 launch date, but development challenges could push it back.
According to Gurman, Apple’s VP of technology Kevin Lynch took over leadership of the electric vehicle project last year. Lynch has been at Apple since 2013, and prior to that he was an executive at Adobe. Apple Car rumors are all over the place, but if the team is successfully reorganized, the vehicle could launch in three years or so.