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Doug Field
He will now be Tesla's Vice President of Vehicle Programs

Tesla Motors just grabbed an Apple engineer for its team.

The electric automaker announced that it hired Doug Field to be its Vice President of Vehicle Programs this week. Field was previously Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple.

“Doug has demonstrated the leadership and technical talent to develop and deliver outstanding products, including what are widely considered the best computers in the world,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “Tesla’s future depends on engineers who can create the most innovative, technologically advanced vehicles in the world. Doug’s experience in both consumer electronics and traditional automotive makes him an important addition to our leadership team.”

Field, who started his engineering career in the auto industry with Ford Motor Company, is responsible for the development of many popular Apple products like MacBook Air, iMac and MacBook Pro. 

“Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple,” said Field. “I started my career with the goal of creating incredible cars, but ultimately left the auto industry in search of fast-paced, exciting engineering challenges elsewhere. As the first high tech auto company in modern history, Tesla is at last an opportunity for me and many others to pursue the dream of building the best cars in the world—while being part of one of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley."

Tesla wants the best engineers out there, and where better to go searching than a former auto engineer who works at one of the top tech companies in the world. Tesla and Apple are a lot alike in that they both sell high-end, clean-designed products meant to rock their respective industries.

Source: Tesla Motors

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RE: And people chuckled...
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/25/2013 2:42:43 PM , Rating: 3
Let's pretend Musk becomes CEO of Apple or even crazier Apple buys Tesla.
Let's get real, never going to happen.

RE: And people chuckled...
By Lord 666 on 10/25/2013 4:10:57 PM , Rating: 2
In 1996, no one imagined Jobs would come back to be CEO of Apple. In 2003, almost everyone thought Apple was going to fold when they were $9 a share. It just takes someone to think different.

RE: And people chuckled...
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/25/2013 4:13:28 PM , Rating: 2
First off, these are two TOTALLY different markets. Apple will never BUY a CAR company, and Elon, I am sure doesn't want to LEAD Apple, he has plenty on his plate already.

RE: And people chuckled...
By Lord 666 on 10/25/2013 4:22:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure Elon would like access to Apple's war chest though. Definitely will speed things up on the R/D side.

The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung actually revealed that making a car was discussed by Apple a little less than 10 years ago.

RE: And people chuckled...
By ritualm on 10/26/2013 2:11:42 PM , Rating: 2
Why Apple's war chest? The US Government's is even better: a giant cash machine with no overdraw limits, and you can deposit money back into it with strings attached.

Elon Musk already has SpaceX and SolarCity amongst his non-Tesla workload, and he wants to bring a cheaper Model S to the masses. Lead Apple? You are delusional.

RE: And people chuckled...
By Lord 666 on 10/26/2013 2:38:00 PM , Rating: 2
A 500 million is chump change compared to 176 billion. Plus, that loan was US based meaning all of the other legal restrictions with it.

Plus, you pointed out SolarCity. Who just announced plans for their third solar powered data center? Apple.

With the goal of packaging the Tesla S to the masses, there are few companies that come to mind other than Apple that can pull that off.

You forgot Musk's proposal for the California train. Elon brought engineers from both SpaceX and Tesla, but clearly stated he would not head up that venture. A similar arrangement could be made as well. Designed in California. Made in America. plus, you forget that when Jobs was around, he also was involved in Pixar and the Disney board.

Not sure why you are quick to call names when what I am saying is logical. What are the odds of it happening? If Steve were still around, would say it would have a better chance happening then with Tim Cook.

RE: And people chuckled...
By ritualm on 10/26/2013 6:18:28 PM , Rating: 3
$176-billion is chump change. Why bother doing the R&D when you can simply "inherit" government research for much cheaper? Get the taxpayers to do all the hard work for you, then walk in and claim credit for it.

Data centers with solar panel installations are irrelevant to SolarCity, despite their similarities.

Apple can't pull off a Tesla without simultaneously ripping off consumers with middling offerings disguised as high-end.

None of what you said is logical. Even if Steve Jobs is alive, the chances of Apple taking over the automobile industry are next to zero. With Tim Cook? I'd place more money on Apophis making an ELE than his going into making cars.

RE: And people chuckled...
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/26/2013 8:06:41 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure why you are quick to call names when what I am saying is logical
No, absolutely not.

RE: And people chuckled...
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/26/2013 8:08:31 PM , Rating: 2
What are the odds of it happening?
Zero...that's the odds.

RE: And people chuckled...
By Manch on 10/26/2013 5:23:05 AM , Rating: 1
really? Think Different? That you're using Apple commercials in your arguement renders you an iTard incapable of forming your own thoughts.

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