Chief Executive Harald Krueger said BMW had enough staff to continue developing its cutting-edge electric vehicles program known as “Project i”, despite recent defections of key staff to a Chinese electric vehicle startup. “Overall four people have left the company, not all were working on the i project,” Harald Krueger told reports.
Last month, Future Mobility, an electric vehicles startup backed by Tencent Holdings, made three top acquisitions from BMW. Dirk Abendroth, Benoit Jacob and Henrik Wenders will join Future Mobility Corp. as vice presidents of software and connectivity, design, and marketing, respectively, according to the people, who declined to be identified before the information is made public. The executives will join Carsten Breitfeld, the former project manager for BMW’s i8 plug-in sports car hired to be Future Mobility’s chief executive officer.
Future Mobility plans to create a “premium brand with Chinese roots and a global reach.”
“R&D development of iNext will start now. And we have the people on board to do so,” Krueger added.