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Apple hires BMW veteran in newest signal of electrical automobile push

This photograph, taken in March 2019, exhibits Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

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Apple has employed Ulrich Kranz, a former senior government at BMW who targeted on electrical vehicles, Apple confirmed to CNBC’s Phil LeBeau on Thursday.

The rent is the newest signal that Apple is critical about constructing an electrical automobile to compete with automakers equivalent to Tesla.

Hyundai stated earlier this yr it was in talks with Apple to fabricate its automobile earlier than strolling its feedback again and confirming it was no longer in discussions. Apple’s automobile challenge has been restructured a number of occasions, most recently in early 2019.

Apple has by no means confirmed it’s constructing a automobile however has employed expertise from the automotive trade and examined self-driving software program in California. In 2018, Apple hired Doug Field from Tesla, who labored on Tesla’s Mannequin 3. With its experience in provide chains, battery know-how, and consumer expertise, Apple would characterize a significant competitor to present automakers if it ever releases a automobile.

Apple didn’t say whether or not Kranz will work on Apple’s automobile challenge, which is known as Particular Initiatives Group or SPG. However Kranz has in depth expertise constructing groups targeted on electrical vehicles.

Earlier than becoming a member of Apple, Kranz was a co-founder of Canoo, which is engaged on a self-driving electrical automobile. At BMW, he led the corporate’s electrical automobile improvement program, which resulted within the electrical i3 automobile and a hybrid sports activities automobile known as the i8, in keeping with Bloomberg, which first reported the hire.

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