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Apple’s new automotive team includes experts from GM, Tesla and Ford

by Brandon Russell | February 19, 2015February 19, 2015 12:30 pm EST


The jury is still out on whether Apple is really building a self-driving electric car. Is it possible? Sure, anything is possible. But it sounds like Apple might be more interested in the platform rather than building the actual vehicle. Be that as it may, Apple has assembled an incredibly experienced team of engineers, suggesting something is in the works. We just don’t know what.

9to5Mac has put together a who’s who list of talent hired by Apple in recent months, including former Tesla, GM and Ford employees. That in and of itself doesn’t provide much insight, but it hints that Apple has grander plans for something big. Other talent recruited by Apple includes folks from other industries and fields, such as MIT Motorsports, Ogin, Autoliv and General Dynamics.

Several of the employees hired by Apple have tremendous experience and knowledge. For example, Mujeeb Ijaz, who served as chief technology officer at A123 Systems, previously worked on research and development for lithium-ion energy storage technology. David Nelson was a mechanical engineering manager as Tesla, while John Ireland was a senior powertrain test engineer at the automaker.

These people aren’t nobodies; they’re the type of people who can help build empires. And it’s all being led by Steve Zadesky, who used to be an executive at Ford. Together, the team is clearly exploring something worthwhile, something Apple feels snatching up all this talent can contribute to. The popular consensus is that Apple would never—and shouldn’t—introduce its own car, but you never know. Maybe this will be Tim Cook’s legacy.

Head over to 9to5Mac to see the entire list of hires supposedly contributing to Apple’s mysterious electric car. If the company is indeed working on something, I don’t imagine we’ll hear about it for a very, very, very long time. But the rumors and reports are growing louder and louder, so that has to mean something, right? Right?


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.