FILE PHOTO: Volkswagen Group Chief Government Officer Herbert Diess gestures as he speaks throughout a information convention to announce the appointment of Wayne Griffiths as the brand new president of Volkswagen’s Spanish model SEAT, in Barcelona, Spain September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Albert Gea

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s Volkswagen will not be involved by any Apple plans for a passenger car that would embody the iPhone maker’s battery expertise, its chief govt Herbert Diess stated.

Reuters reported in December that Apple might have progressed sufficient to construct a car for mass markets by 2024, helped by price cuts in battery expertise.

“The automobile business will not be a typical tech-sector that you could possibly take over at a single stroke,” Diess was quoted as saying an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

“Apple won’t handle that in a single day,” he added.

Whereas Apple’s plans aren’t public, Diess stated its intentions as such had been “logical” as a result of the corporate had experience in batteries, software program and design, and that it had deep pockets to construct on these competencies.

“Nonetheless, we’re not afraid,” he stated.

Volkswagen plans to develop software program wanted for autonomous automobiles in-house to make sure it may possibly compete in opposition to tech corporations within the subject of electrical automobile knowledge.

Reporting by Vera Eckert; Modifying by Alexander Smith