Ford poaches Tesla’s engineering chief to work on advanced electric vehicle development
Ford hired Tesla engineering chief Alan Clarke to work on its advanced EV development. Clarke is a former Apple and Tesla technology executive whom Ford hired in September. Automotive News reports that Ford has confirmed the hiring of a Tesla executive.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Clarke held several positions at Tesla for more than 12 years. Most recently, he held the position of director of new program engineering. He has worked on many Tesla products, including the Model Y, Roadster, and Model 3, among other projects. He joins the company as Ford aims to increase its annual electric vehicle production capacity to 600,000 units by the end of next year and prepares to launch the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck this spring. The automaker has pledged to invest $30 billion in electrification through 2025.
Last year, Ford hired Doug Field, a former vice president of special projects at Apple. Prior to working at Apple, Field, 56, was senior vice president of engineering at Tesla, where he led Model 3 development, according to his corporate biography provided by Ford. Field became director of advanced technologies and embedded systems at Ford. This hiring was known to be a major blow for the automaker.
Ford’s EV plans
Ford is moving forward with its plans by hiring the best talent in the industry. CEO Jim Farley said the automaker will increase its production numbers. However, the shortage of semiconductor chips and other production challenges continue.
Upon hiring Doug Field, Farley said, “Doug is one of the world’s leading engineers and product designers and has been a driving force behind groundbreaking products in the automotive, technology and mobility. His talent and commitment to innovation that improves customers. After which, Ford announced its intention to deliver great products and provide an ever-improving user experience.
This year, Ford also announced its electrification plans for the Lincoln brand. In the coming years, automakers plan to sell only all-electric Lincoln models as their fleets are being transformed. No details on additional models or features have been revealed. Additionally, the automaker announced plans to launch electric vehicles in the Indian market, where it failed to make a profit in the past and had to halt sales. However, this time, since there are already production factories in the country, they are working on launching products in the country. Ford is also focusing on its global sales, especially considering how top electric vehicle player Tesla has gone global by expanding into many countries around the world.