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Faraday Future Hires The Chief Engineer of GM's EV1 Project As Powertrain Boss

Faraday Future is on a hiring spree, and the Chinese-owned company keeps finding experienced employees to join its roster.
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This time, the American-based company has hired a former General Motors employee, Peter Savagian. While his name may not ring a bell for most, Mr. Savagian was the chief engineer of the General Motors EV1 project, the first production electric vehicle built by the American automaker. Furthermore, Savagian was also the boss of the electric propulsion department for GM.

Faraday Future has enlisted Savagian as their vice president of engineering, where his responsibility will be the development of powertrain systems. As Autocar notes, the move was revealed by an update in Mr. Savagian’s LinkedIn profile, where he also mentioned that he would be responsible for the battery and related high-voltage systems.

Faraday Future also has a standing partnership with Formula E’ Dragon Racing Team, which will also provide knowledge regarding electric powertrains. On the other hand, Savagian’s 14-year experience with General Motors is hard to match by any other engineer in the automotive industry in the field of electric vehicles.

The EV1 project from General Motors was the first mass-produced electric car, but the cars were not available outside of a particular leasing plan, which did not allow users to keep the vehicle once the program was over.

All of the vehicles were brought back to General Motors, and most of them were sadly crushed without an apparent reason for the passionate group of owners that treasured them. The loss of the EV1 has inspired a movie released in 2006, dubbed "Who killed the electric car?" that was focused on this topic.

In previous reports, we have noted that Faraday Future has managed to hire vital employees from Ferrari, Tesla Motors, Toyota, and many more automotive companies. The start-up company is focusing on developing a production electric vehicle, which is scheduled for launch in 2018.

Until then, Faraday Future has a logo, a factory that is being built in Nevada, and a futuristic concept car named FFZero1. The latter is as crazy as they get, and is a single-seat concept with all-wheel drive.

 
 
 
 
 

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