Reports about Apple’s EV project are pouring in day by day. From Apple holding talks with major car manufacturers about partnerships and listing 300+ jobs seemingly related to project Titan, the launch of an Apple Car seems imminent.
The latest report that washes away any doubt about Apple working on Project Titan comes from Business Insider Deutschland. According to the publication, Apple has hired Dr. Manfred Harrer, Porsche’s Vice President of Chassis Development.
Apple hires Porsche’s Vice President of Chassis Development For Apple Car
Dr. Harrer was formerly an engineer at Audi, which is a sister company of Porsche. He went on to join BMW where he became an expert in steering wheel systems. Then, he moved on to Porsche where he was in command of overall chassis development and was promoted as the boss of the Porsche Cayenne SUV project recently. He was a well-paid executive at Porsche and earned more than 600,000 euros manually. The report suggests he will likely be paid upwards of $1 million in his new role at Apple.
Though the report does not mention what role Dr. Harrer will take, it seems likely he would be involved in creating the chassis for the vehicle. Insider Deutschland says Porsche, Apple, and Dr. Harrer declined to comment on the report.
At the moment, no official announcement has been made. The change in employment has not been publicized, with his LinkedIn showing his continued employment at Porsche even though he reportedly left the company at the end of 2020.
In related news, it seems that Apple is partnering with Hyundai’s sister brand, Kia, for the Apple Car. According to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple Car could be based on Hyundai’s E-GMP chassis. The BEV based offers a range over 500km on a full chart, zero to 100kph acceleration in 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 260kph, and charging to 80% in just 18 minutes
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