Apple has hired Chris Porritt, the former vice president of engineering at Tesla to work on “special products, according to a report from Electrek. Porritt had left Tesla in September last year.
Porritt’s hire comes after Steve Zadesky, who is believed to have run the car project at Apple, left the company in January after a two year stint. Prior to Tesla, Porritt worked at Land Rover and Aston Martin, and was the lead engineer.
Apple has been rumored to be working on electric car for years and it is internally dubbed as ‘Project Titan’. It is expected that the electric car will be shipped in 2019. The company has recently hired several Tesla engineers, as well as staff from other companies in the automotive industry for this project. Apple is also said to be involved in self driving car project. Earlier in January this year, the company trademarked apple.car, apple.auto and apple.cars domain names.