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Electric Car leader Tesla hires Apple’s ex VP Doug Field for VP role

Electric Car leader Tesla Motors announced recently that they have hired Apple’s ex VP of Mac Engineering Doug Field for VP of Vehicle Programs. Field will bring his experience as an engineer at Ford Motor Company, and bring the expertise he further enhanced by helping develop Apple products such as the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac to his position at Tesla. While Tesla didn’t want to give too much of Field’s job description away, they did say that the accomplished leader and engineer of innovative, high-technology products will be responsible for driving development of new vehicles at Tesla Motors.

Tesla Motors Doug Field

Mr. Field has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Management from M.I.T., and a BS in Mechanical Engineering with highest distinction from Purdue.

Tesla Motors CEO Elton Musk had the following to say about his new VP, ““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 Elton Musk, Tesla co-founder and CEO. “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.”

Leaving Apple wasn’t on his agenda at all, says Doug Field, reflecting on the chance to work with the leader in electric car technology. “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.”

The Apple connection is an intriguing one to say the least. Rumours in the past have suggested that Apple would like to get deeper into the automotive industry, seeing as it already has several vehicles that offer its Eyes Free system that lets motorists interact with the Siri personal assist function on their iPhones on a hands-free basis. Sounds plausible that they’d love to get into the design of vehicles however Apple will likely never enjoy the engineering and manufacturing wherewithal to actually build and sell a car of its own. Tesla Motors is already arguably the most innovative player in the automotive industry and the hands-down leader in the electric car field. With Doug Field coming on board from Apple, Telsa Motors will be sure to keep innovating and changing the way we look at vehicles and helping us fall deeper in love with electric cars.

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