The Wallstreet Journal is reporting that BMW has lost several core members of its BMWi team to Future Mobility, a Chinese electric car start-up. We call them a start-up but they’re actually a well funded company backed by Tencent, a massive Chinese holding company.
Here’s the group that’s been poached:
- Carsten Breitfeld, a 20-year BMW veteran who developed the company’s i8
- Dirk Abendroth, lead developer of the electric powertrains for the i-series,
- Benoit Jacob, head of design at BMW i
- Henrik Wenders, head of BMW i product management
As the WSJ points out it comes a tough time for BMW as sales of the i range continue to disappoint. What this means for BMW future electric MINIs remains to be seen.