An electric vehicle start-up Canoo is on Apple’s radar
Despite recent setbacks for the Apple Car project, there may be a great opportunity to get things back on track. The Cupertino-based computer giant may be interested in acquiring EV company Canoo, which is currently struggling to remain afloat financially. But Apple must purchase the company as quickly as possible in order for it to be of significant use.
Despite its short lifespan, Canoo, a startup that was founded five years ago, is having difficulty finding traction. According to the electric car maker’s earnings call last week, it may not have enough money to continue functioning. A new influx of finance, however, does not guarantee that Canoo will be able to create as many vehicles in 2022 as it had previously anticipated.
According to Canoo’s most recent earnings report, the company is unsure of how long it will be able to continue operating.
There is serious question as to the company’s capacity to continue as a going concern as of the date of this release because of the timing of the investment we disclosed and the FASB accounting regulation for 2014.
In 2020, Apple was in negotiations with Canoo about acquiring the company. Sources familiar with the subject say Apple would not be interested in purchasing the technology of a faltering startup at this time. However, the company’s hardware and software engineers, as well as its developers, may be another story.
Cupertino has created the technology and people it need, at least in part, by purchasing other similar firms during the whole Apple Car initiative. When Apple acquired Drive.ai in 2019, it gained access to the company’s team of autonomous driving experts.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, it’s doubtful that Apple will buy Canoo for the company’s technology. A project that has lost some of its best people may benefit from engineers and developers from the troubled firm.With it, it has brought in others, including elite talent from Ford, Rivian, Tesla BMW, Mercedes and Volvo. Despite this, there’s always room for improvement.
Could potentially be instrumental in brokering a contract between Apple and Canoo through one of its recent recruits An Apple Car executive, Ulrich Kranz was also a co-founder of Canoo and the company’s previous CEO. Apple has hired a number of former Canoo employees as engineers and other staff members.
Many of Canoo’s top players have already gone, as Gurman points out. Cupertino may have to move swiftly if it hopes to get the most out of a purchase like this.