Apple loses ‘global head of battery developments’ to Volkswagen over EV ambitions

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Apple loses 'global head of battery developments' to Volkswagen over EV ambitions

Nearly three years ago, Apple came up with news when it poached a prominent Samsung boss in charge of next-generation battery development. Fast forward to now, and the same battery guru has been poached again – only this time by a major automaker.

Soonho Ahn joined Apple as its global head of battery development in December 2018. It was noted at the time that Apple was already a customer of Samsung SDI, where Ahn was vice president, and their appointment further indicated that Apple had ambitions to bring battery development in-house.

And yes, there have long been rumors that Apple is developing something like an electric vehicle with full self-driving features. Did Ahn work on this project at Apple and not the typical technological batteries we know in iPhones and MacBooks?

Either way, it turns out it’s a carmaker with EV ambitions that lured Ahn from Apple. From the translated source:

The Volkswagen Group has courted two key experts in battery technologies at Apple and BMW. This underscores the growing importance of this business for Wolfsburger.

Volkswagen confirmed that they have signed Apple’s chief of battery development, Soonho Ahn.

Ahn’s LinkedIn profile confirms this report:

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