Apple’s head of electric car project to leave the company image

The man appointed by Apple to oversee Apple’s electric car project is rumored to leave the company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Steve Zadesky was in charge of Apple’s electric car development for the last two years, but according to a recent report he is leaving the company. Zadesky, who previously worked with the iPod and iPhone teams, is stepping out for personal reasons not related to his performance, Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple has never acknowledged it is planning on building an electric car, but the company has hired plenty of experts from the automotive industry, many from automakers such as Ford or Mercedes-Benz.

However, it is known that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook paid a visit to BMW’s headquarters back in 2014, while senior Apple executives inspected the carmaker’s Leipzig factory to learn more about the i3 electric car, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. One of the sources said the talks between BMW and Apple ended without conclusion, because of the fact that the consumer electronics giant plans to develop a car on its own. However, one of the sources said the exploratory talks between senior managers might be revived.

In September, the Wall Street Journal reported Apple was speeding up the heavy work in an effort to accelerate the development process on its electric auto. The department in charge with the project received the permission to triple the employees count from the current 600-people team, according to some people familiar with the company’s plans. Another recent report pointed out the fact that the database of registered domain names, Whois, showed that Apple has registered apple.car, apple.cars and apple.auto.