Notably, Musk doesn't see Google as a direct competitor that would launch a vehicle. Rather, he expects the company to license its technology.
Addressing Apple, Musk said, “I would say that it’s great that they’re doing this and I hope it works out.”
However, he doesn't see the Apple car reaching production until 2020.
“I think they should have embarked on this project sooner, actually... I don’t think they’ll be in volume production until 2020.”
Musk suggests the timeline may reflect a missed opportunity.
“It’s just a missed opportunity. It’s a couple years... they’ll make a good car and be successful.”
Apple's work on an electric car is somewhat of an open secret. Just last week, a report revealed that company was researching how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and hiring engineers with expertise in the area.
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