Build Apple Car in the UK, British Members of Parliament Urge

Members of Parliament (MPs) are calling for the British government to make a bid for Apple to build its long-rumored electric vehicle in the United Kingdom, according to The Telegraph.

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James Sunderland, Conservative MP for Bracknell, said that it was a "no brainer" for Britain to build the Apple car, and that the UK government should begin to bid for production contracts with Apple. Nick Fletcher, Conservative MP for Doncaster, added that Apple car production represented an opportunity for "engaging with new, innovative industries that help boost economic growth while helping the environment."

Sunderland, a port city in the north-east of England, is already home to the production of the fully-electric Nissan Leaf in Europe. Marco Longhi, Conservative MP for Dudley North, said Apple could offer a major boost to areas of the UK with long-standing automotive expertise.

"This would be a fantastic investment for the Midlands and the Black Country," he said. "This will mean jobs for people locally and it would be an endorsement of UK plc in a post-Brexit environment."

Considering that the Apple car has not yet been announced, with it looking as though production may not begin for another three years, it is surprising that politicians are already discussing the vehicle. The possibility of Apple car production in the UK may seek to counter the country's loss of a Tesla Gigafactory to Berlin, when Elon Musk was searching for a location for a new European manufacturing hub in 2019.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, said that the British government is actively working with companies to attract investment into domestic battery gigafactories, and a spokesperson for the UK government's Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy told The Telegraph that they could not comment on speculation around commercial contracts with Apple.

The only location that has seen significant attention for potential Apple car production so far is Kia's West Point plant in the U.S. state of Georgia, but Apple's partnership with Hyundai and Kia on the project has now been brought into question since talks were paused earlier this month.

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Top Rated Comments

foobarbaz Avatar
18 months ago
This is a strange pitch … "Come build your cars here. It would be awesome for us."

It's sounds a bit like the "Give us a better Brexit deal. Our population has clearly voted." logic.


When making a deal the other side doesn't care how much you want it. If anything it weakens your negatiating position.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SirAnthonyHopkins Avatar
18 months ago

Considering that the Apple car has not yet been announced, with it looking as though production may not begin for another three years ('https://www.macrumors.com/2020/12/21/apple-car-production-rumored-2024/'), it is surprising that politicians are already discussing the vehicle
It's not that surprising when you remember that this is Conservative British MPs, who will no doubt be crowing next week to their constituents about our "world beating automotive industry, where Apple wants to build its car", and pointing to this MacRumors article as evidence.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joiwomcow Avatar
18 months ago
Politically, it would be insane for Apple to build in the UK. Think "US defence contractors" - distribute your contracts over powerful states, and these states then have a vested interest in keeping you afloat.
A factory in the US makes a ton of sense. So does a factory in Europe, especially given German automotive expertise.
A factory in the UK makes no sense. Politically, you gain just one medium sized country, vs one huge one (US) or 27 small-medium ones (EU). Technologically, Germany is leagues ahead. The UK car industry is an assembly plant for Japan, plus a couple of niche boutique brands (mostly foreign owned).
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Veinticinco Avatar
18 months ago
You can just smell the desperation.

Local slimeball politicians beg multiglobal tech firm to build unconfirmed and unannounced vehicle project in their backwater, just so they can justify their own feckless existence.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ducknalddon Avatar
18 months ago
If James Sunderland wanted a British car industry perhaps he should have thought twice before voting for Brexit.

Brexit has been a disaster for the British car industry, investment has plummeted and we are about to lose the Honda plant. No doubt more will follow.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LV426 Avatar
18 months ago
Dear America, Build some of your cars in the UK. We will give you tonnes of fresh lobster that we can't ship to the EU now for love nor money. But your cars will be OK. Honest. Brexit friction will magically disappear when the Europeans realise they need us more than we need them!

/s
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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