Back in January, Volkswagen poached Apple’s EV Director Alexander Hitzinger, sparking rumours that the company’s secret project was moving away from the production of full electric autonomous vehicles and focusing on self-driving software instead.
However, with the latest appointment of yet another former Tesla employee, Apple looks like it is fully committing to the production of electric autonomous vehicles.
Last month, Tesla lost Michael Schwekutsch, the Vice President of Engineering and head of electric powertrain responsible for the drive systems found in the Tesla Roadster and Tesla Semi truck.
The experienced engineer, who joined Tesla in 2015, was a big loss for the company as his successful career saw him bring multiple electric powertrain programmes to market, well beyond the Californian-based automaker.
Now, Schwekutsch joins several former Tesla engineers at Apple’s Special Project Group, including Doug Field and Bob Mansfield, giving the software company a significant boost in its EV capabilities.
It’s safe to say, we can now expect a complete EV from Apple.