A year ago, rumors of an Apple Car produced by the Hyundai/Kia group were in full swing. The hallway sounds evoked a large factory in Georgia, where the brand already had a local presence. This time, it is confirmed, the group will settle in Savannah, near the eponymous port, and not far from the current production of West Point. The production would extend over one hectare and should open in 2025. The firm plans to release around 300,000 electric vehicles per year at the site, for a total investment of $5.54 billion and 8,100 positions.. Officially, talks have stalled between Apple and Hyundai, but it’s likely Cupertino is still looking for an industrial partner – that could be Foxconn, which is also planning a dedicated EV factory on US soil.
As a reminder, it was also assumed that Cupertino uses the same platform as the Ioniq 5 (tested below) also used by the Kia EV6. Today, the Korean group indeed offers one of the most beautiful competitors to Tesla, with 800V technology for fast charging or a very practical reverse charging system.
Here is our test of the Hyundai Ioniq 5!