Apple's top man for its electric car project is quitting from the tech giant, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources privy with the matter. Steve Zadesky, who has been in charge of the project for the past two years, is leaving Apple for personal reasons, and not because of his performance.
It remains unclear when Zadesky would be leaving Apple. The company has never confirmed initiating a project to create and build an electric car. However, Apple has recruited quite a number of auto experts, many of whom come from known carmakers like Mercedes-Benz and Ford.
In 2014, Apple chief executive Tim Cook visited BMW's headquarters, with a number of senior Apple executives touring the German carmaker's Leipzig facility to learn how it builds the i3 electric car, people privy with the matter told Reuters.
However, discussions between Apple and BMW failed to reach an agreement since the tech giants seem to want to explore developing a passenger car on its own, Reuters cited one of the sources as saying.
Moreover, BMW is reluctant to share its manufacturing expertise because it doesn't want to become a mere supplier to a software or Internet giant. However, exploratory discussion between senior managers might be revived, one of the sources disclosed to Reuters.