It seems like Apple is silently but strongly forging ahead with plans to build an electric vehicle after reports surfaced indicating that the Cupertino-based company just hired former Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering and former Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Chris Porritt.

Porritt will reportedly head Apple’s special projects division, which is where the electric vehicle (EV) Project Titan can be found.

This development comes right after reports that Apple executive Steve Zadesky, who was the head of Project Titan and a VP for Product Design, resigned from the company early this year due to personal reasons.

Without Zadesky, Porritt’s experience in the field of automotive engineering and automotive battery technology makes him the best logical choice to lead Project Titan.

Porritt started in the automotive industry as an intern for Land Rover in 1987 before becoming the company’s Principal Engineer in Vehicle Dynamics by 1997. He then moved to Aston Martin as their Chief Engineer until he transferred to Tesla as their Vice President of Vehicle Engineering.

His list of credits include work on the Aston Martin One-77 supercar, V12 Zagato and the DB9 while for Tesla, Porritt reportedly handled the development of the Model S and X platforms along with the Model 3 chassis.

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