It has long been a debate that Apple's secret car project is only about a self-driving system for vehicles rather than a fully automatic, autonomous vehicle. It now seems clear that the latter is the case when Apple uses Tesla's head of electric powertrains.
Earlier this month, we reported that Tesla lost its VP of Engineering behind its latest electric powertrains; Michael Schwekutsch.
We have described his departure from Tesla as a major loss to the company, as he is one of the most experienced engineers on the market for electric powertrain programs, not only in Tesla but throughout the industry. 1
" Michael Schwekutsch came to Tesla last year to discuss the development of the powertrain after a two-decade career in legendary third-party powertrain To lead engineering companies. 19659007] BorgWarner and GKN Driveline. More recently, he has been responsible for the electric and hybrid powertrains of the BMW i8, the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Fiat 500eV and the Volvo XC90, among others.
Today, he is responsible for the Tesla propulsion units and engineering for manufacturing and validation – all operations currently underway at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. "
At Tesla, he was involved in the development of 'leading propulsion systems such as the Tesla Roadster II and Tesla Semi / Tesla Truck. "
Now, Electrek is learning from various sources that he joined Apple's Special Project Group, which includes the Titan division of the Cupertino company.
He is the latest of several top Tesla engineers who have joined the project for a time only thought to insist on a self-propulsion system for vehicles after a plan clearing. Ever since Schwekutsch, who has worked exclusively with electric drives for the past decade, has joined Apple, it is clear that the company intends to bring a complete electric vehicle to market.
Schwekutsch will join Doug Field, a former company, returning to Tesla for many years as Technical Director, before returning to Bob last year to lead their car project, along with Bob Mansfield, who retired from Apple in 2016, to complete his project Lead Titan Auto Team.
Electrek has learned that Apple is also hiring several others Former Tesla employees in a seemingly different wave of poaching between the two companies.
At the height of this year's Tesla CEO Elon Musk said to Apple:
"They hired people we fired We jokingly call Apple the" Tesla Cemetery ".
Recently, however, Apple has hired some long-time executives and engineers who apparently were not let go of Tesla. However, the company dismissed many employees last year and some of them went to Apple, where employment was cut.
Schwekutsch joins the program after several layoffs within the team were confirmed last month.
This is pretty significant. Apple makes an electric vehicle from scratch and is a big deal.
Granted, they have no experience in building vehicles, but they hired some of the top talents to stand up to all the adversities of the past such as Field and Schwekutsch  If you add the hundreds of billions of dollars of capital and the incredible software and hardware expertise of Apple, I think you have a profitable solution.
I do not want to hope much, but I'm excited to disturb the room even more. I can see that it accelerates the acceptance of electric vehicles.