Remember General Motors’ stalwart attempt at conquering the world of electric cars? No? The GM EV1 model now rings a bell? Still no? Come on – it was short lived but breaking new grounds.
The hiring round follows a confirmed technical hook-up with the Dragon Racing Formula E team and the company has also announced the very first Faraday Future passenger car will arrive in 2018. Meanwhile, the electric car company – which is looking to rival Tesla’s business model – has tapped the services of ex-General Motors electric propulsion boss Peter Savagian who will be in charge of the powertrain development for the company’s production cars. The Chin-funded, US-based firm is looking to deliver an all-electric supercar sometimes in 2018, and has recently announced a cooperation with Formula E’s Dragon Racing team. Savagian’s move has him now as Faraday Future’s vice president for engineering – where he will direct “engineering operations for powertrain, battery and related high voltage systems”.
Savagian had 14 years of experience manning GM’s electric unit, having brought to life the company’s EV1 program – the world’s first mass-produced electric car. Dragon Racing and Faraday Future are also in a partnership with LeEco, a Chinese online entertainment company, which tries to enter the world of autos and has expertise in intelligent connected technology.