>> Apple hasn't confirmed rumors that it's got an electric vehicle in the works, but sources tell Reuters the secretive Cupertino tech giant has been approaching companies that operate electric charging stations to talk business and technology. Charging stations may be the biggest barrier to mass market electric cars. In Silicon Valley, stories of e-car owners fighting over charging stations aren't uncommon, and some Tesla owners gloat about the free superchargers that the e-car leader has sprinkled across the nation for them to get around the far corners with a fast 30-minute charge.
Sources tell Reuters that talks between Apple and charging station operators suggest Apple is laying groundwork for infrastructure that could support an electric vehicle as popular as its mobile devices, says Reuters correspondent Julia Love.>> We mined LinkedIn, and we found that Apple has hired a number of experts in the charging infrastructure space, including one man who did a PhD in inductive charging, which is a form of wireless charging in which drivers simply park their cars on top of a pad, and the charge happens that way.
So Apple is clearly moving toward the cutting edge of this field.>> The e-car charging industry is a small but growing one with names like ChargePoint and ClipperCreek, infrastructure firm Black & Veatch, and of course the heavyweights GE and Siemens. While Apple hasn't ever confirmed it's building a car, it's hired many in the e-car industry, and this month also announced a billion dollar investment in Didi Chuxing, an Uber-like service in China which is hugely popular.
So it looks like Apple is plugging in the various moving parts to its future.