It has been long since Apple debate about Apple’s secretive automotive project which is about a self-driving system for vehicles rather than a fully electric vehicle. Now it makes it clear that that the latter is the case as Apple wants to hires Tesla’s head of electric powertrains.
Earlier in the month of March Michael Schwekutsch reported that Tesla losing its VP of engineering behind its latest electric powertrains. Here we give you the detail that his departure from Tesla company is a big loss for the company since he is the most experienced engineer amongst all engineers who have brought electric powertrain programs to market, not just at Tesla, but in the industry as a whole.
The schwekutsch background was described like this when he joined Tesla back in 2015:
“Michael Schwekutsch joined Tesla to lead powertrain developments. He managed programs for the electric and hybrid powertrains of the BMW i8, Porsche 918 Spyder, Fiat 500eV, Volvo XC90, among other popular vehicles. Michael Schwekutsch is responsible for Tesla’s drive units for design and engineering for manufacturing and validation and all operations currently done at the Tesla Factory in Fremont.”
At Tesla, he also participated in the development of “leading edge Drive Systems like the one of the Tesla Roadster II and Tesla Semi / Tesla Truck.” According to Electric learns said that Michael he joined Apple’s Special Project Group, which includes the Cupertino company’s Project Titan division.
Michael is the latest of several top Tesla engineers to join the project and it was for a time thought to only consist of a self-driving system for vehicles after a scale-back of the plan. Now that Schwekutsch has joined Apple and he was exclusively worked on electric powertrains over the last decade, now it is becoming clear that the Apple plans to bring a completely electric vehicle to market.
Schwekutsch will join back Doug Field, who was a longtime engineering executive at Tesla before going back to Apple to lead their car project last year alongside Bob Mansfield, who Apple brought out of retirement in 2016 to lead its Project Titan car team.
Electric has also learned that Apple is hiring several Tesla employees in what appears to be another wave of the poaching war between the two companies.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said about Apple At the height of it back in 2015
“Apple has hired people we’ve fired. We always jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard.”
More recently, however, Apple has hired some longtime executives and engineers that don’t appear to have been let go by Tesla. He said that Tesla has laid off many employees over the last year and some of them did go to Apple, which has experienced employment cut-backs of its own.
I think that if Apple adds to that the hundreds of billions in capital and the incredible software and hardware expertise, then you have a winning solution. I don’t want to get my hopes high too much, but I am excited for them to disrupt the space even more. I can see Apple accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.