The iCar is still just a rumor, but Apple surely has been showing a lot of interest in EV-related technology, including large-format batteries. This week, the Cupertino computer-maker agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging that it had been showing a little too much interest in engineers working for Massachusetts battery-maker A123.
In February, A123 filed a suit against Apple and five former A123 employees, claiming that, in mid-2014, Apple aggressively poached some of A123â€™s key engineers, forcing the battery-maker to abandon several critical projects.
â€œIt appears that Appleâ€¦is systematically hiring away A123â€™s high-tech PhD and engineering employees, thereby effectively shutting down various projects/programs at A123,â€ according to the lawsuit (via Reuters). â€œThey are doing so in an effort to support Appleâ€™s apparent plans to establish a battery division that is similar if not identical to A123â€™s.â€
A123 said it believed Apple was also trying to hire battery engineers from other companies, including LG Chem, Samsung SDI, Panasonic, Toshiba and Johnson Controls.