Apple leases Sunnyvale buildings, perhaps for its (rumored) car project

Apple has leased a former FedEx warehouse, an old Pepsi bottling plant, an old chip fab, and "innumerable nondescript" office and R&D buildings in Sunnyvale, California, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The article hints that these may be used for Apple’s car project (a project that the company hasn’t officially confirmed).

Apple has leased a former Pepsi bottling plant (pictured). The photo is courtesy of the “Silicon Valley Business Journal.”

Apple has leased a former Pepsi bottling plant (pictured). The photo is courtesy of the “Silicon Valley Business Journal.”

Apple reportedly leased the 96,000-square-foot industrial property at 960 Kifer Road in Sunnyvale last November. Built in 1957, the facility sits on five acres and is largely a warehouse-type industrial building and includes truck docks in back.

Bloomberg Business claims that Apple, “which has been working secretly on a car, is pushing its team to begin production of an electric vehicle as early as 2020.” 9to5Mac has compiled a list of automotive experts hired by Apple and says “it’s clear Apple’s ambitions go well beyond just its iOS-based CarPlay in-dash system.” BGR notes any “Applemobile” will likely be an electric car of some kind, especially given Apple CEO Tim Cook’s dedication to expanding the use of greener energy.