It must be pretty serious in Cupertino’s secret labs when an Apple patent appears describing nothing less than a car’s electric motor . Discovered by AppleInsider, the document details how the company has been working on a three-phase AC induction motor.
It seems that such an engine would share quite a few features with those of Tesla because they are cheaper to maintain and need less spare parts. It would also perform better on uneven terrain than electric motors using permanent magnets. Depending on the source, there are motor systems that may be more powerful, but are more expensive to maintain.
The patent also looks at the method of heat dissipation that such an engine would have, a key part of ensuring the safety of all vehicle occupants. All in all, we would be looking at an engine whose life span would be longer than conventional electric motors and very well prepared to compete with Tesla cars.
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Far away are those days when there was talk of an autonomous driving platform instead of a car, but the fact that Apple is patenting an engine indicates that they have something in their hands to launch in the long term . This type of patent implies the expenditure of many resources, and more in the case of a company like Apple that had never designed engines before.