Apple fuels EV rumors by hiring former R&D exec from Mercedes-Benz

Strengthening speculation supported by senior people close to the situation that Apple is working on producing an electric vehicle, the company has hired Johann Jungwirth, the former top U.S. executive of Mercedes-Benz’s research and development arm. Jungwirth will be director of Mac engineering for the project, which sources say could be only an opportunity to explore new in-car devices and might not lead to production of any cars.