Reportedly, Apple (AAPL) global battery development chief, Ahn Soonho, has moved to Volkswagen, to lead the automaker’s development of electric vehicle batteries. The exit marks the second time in recent months that an Apple executive has left for an automaker. Earlier, Apple’s head of car project, Doug Field, moved to Ford Motor in September.
Apple had hired Ahn in 2018, a former executive at Samsung SDI’s next-generation batteries division. The iPhone giant uses batteries not only in its mobile phones and laptops but also in electric vehicles which are under development. The iPhone maker’s talks for its planned electric vehicle with China’s CATL and BYD over battery supplies weakened after the suppliers refused to build U.S. plants that would only cater to the tech giant, as per sources.
Volkswagen is working towards an ambitious plan to build six battery factories across Europe with partners, a major step for its vision to overtake Tesla Inc as to the world’s leader in electric vehicles.
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