Tesla's Former VP of Vehicle Engineering Now Works at Apple

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Apple is aggressively recruiting experts in the automotive industry.

Although the company has yet to confirm it is working on a car project, reports point that it is well underway in development and another recent hiring shows Apple is getting serious. It’s also no secret that Tesla and Apple fight for top-tier talent, with Tesla CEO Elon Musk having called Apple the “Tesla Graveyard” because Apple hires people that Tesla has fired.

Electrek now reports that Apple has hired former Tesla vice president of vehicle engineering, Chris Porritt, to work on “special projects,” which is likely Apple’s vehicle development. Porritt also had a previous stint serving as Aston Martin’s chief engineer and is credited for helping develop the One-77 supercar, V12 Zagato and Aston Martin DB9.

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A recent report also claims that Steve Zadesky, an Apple executive who was believed to be leading Apple’s car project, left the company earlier this year.

You can watch a video of Porritt detailing the Tesla Model S below.

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[Source: Electrek]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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