There has long been debate about the secretive Apple automotive design company & # 39 is the only independent management systems for vehicles, rather than a complete electric autonomous vehicle. Now it looks clear that the latter is the case, as Apple company hires head of Tesla electric powertrain.
Earlier this month we reported on Tesla loses its Vice President of Engineering for her last electric transmission; Michael Schwekutsch.
We have described his departure from Tesla as a great loss for the company, since he & # 39 is one of the most experienced engineers who have made the program of electric powertrains on the market, not only on the Tesla, but also in the region as a whole.
If Schwekutsch joined Tesla as early as 2015, we described its origins:
"Michael Schwekutsch joined Tesla to lead the development of the power unit last year after two decades long car & # 39; career working for the legendary other powertrain engineering firms as BorgWarner and GKN cardan. Most recently, he managed the program for electric and hybrid transmissions in the i8 BMW, Porsche 918 Spyder, Fiat 500EV, Volvo XC90, among other popular cars.
Today he is responsible for driving the Tesla device from design and development to production and testing – all operations currently being done on the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. "
At Tesla, he participated in the development of "socks Drive Systems, as one of the Tesla Roadster II and Tesla Semi / Tesla truck."
Now Electrek know from various sources that he joined the Special Unit of the project of Apple, which includes Titan project is a division of Cupertino.
He & # 39 is the latest of several leading Tesla engineers to join the project, which was for some time thought only consists of a self-management system for vehicles after the expansion of the scale back the plan. Now that Schwekutsch, who had just worked on the electrical transmission in the last decade, joined Apple, it is clear that the company is planning to bring a full electric car on the market.
Schwekutsch join back Doug Field, who was a longtime engineering executive at Tesla, before returning to Apple, to bring their vehicle project last year with Bob Mansfield, which is Apple's, brought out of retirement in 2016 to bring his car team Project Titan.
Electrek became aware that Apple also recruit several other former employees of Tesla that appears to be another wave of poaching war between the two companies.
At the peak of it back in 2015, Tesla CEO Elon Musk talks about Apple:
"They hired people we burned. We always jokingly referred to as apple «Tesla Graveyard«.
More recently, however, Apple has hired some of the old managers and engineers who are not & # 39 were let go are Tesla. Nevertheless, the company laid off many employees in the last year, and some of them actually went to Apple, which has undergone employment reductions of their own.
Schwekutsch comes to the program after some layoffs within the team confirmed last month.
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This is very important. Apple, producing an electric car from the ground up is a big deal.
Of course, they have no experience building cars, but they employ some of the most talented, which occurred in spite of everything made in the past, as a field, and Schwekutsch.
If we add to that the hundreds of billions in capital and incredible software and hardware Apple experience, I think you have a winning solution.
I do not want to get my hopes on a lot, but I'm happy for them, to destroy the space even more. I can see that this will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.