One of the world’s most famous companies, Apple, is reported to be working on electric cars – or at least vehicle related projects – that could be released as early as 2020. Their recent hiring spree, taking on some of the vehicle industry’s finest system teams, has fuelled the rumours of a vehicle related project in the near future.
According to a report by 9to5Mac, more than eighteen highly skilled specialists were hired into the company, ranging from experts in hybrid technology and renewable energy to safety experts and software system developers. From this, it is thought that a new team within Apple has been set up under the control of Steve Zadesky, former Ford executive, and Johann Jungwirth, former chief executive of development and research at Mercedes-Benz.
Apple’s newest employees include several people who previously worked for Ford, Tesla and A123 Systems, spurring these companies to file a lawsuit against the California-based company for ‘poaching their top engineers’. Reports show that it is not only the aforementioned three companies affected but various other battery designers similar to A123 such as Panasonic, Toshiba, Samsung and LG Chem.
While vehicles typically take seven years to develop, from design and concept to release, Apple are planning to have theirs on the market in just five years. Most vehicle manufacturers base their new models on previous versions, common components and structures, but Apple will not have this luxury unless they partner with an existing manufacturer.
Apple have declined to comment on why they have hired some of the automotive industry’s top engineers and professionals, and have also not mentioned anything regarding the possibility of electric cars. However, it is highly anticipated from their recent hiring spree and interest in driver-less vehicles, meaning that the way we drive vehicles in the future could potentially change forever. This is sure to result in many exciting new motor trade jobs and plenty of new potential for the industry.