As Tesla nears its deadline to start Cybertruck manufacturing, the particular person answerable for shopping for the supplies to construct the electrical vehicles is leaving the corporate. The Information reports that Tesla’s provide chain government Mustapha El Akkari, who oversaw buying of uncooked supplies for the Cybertruck and different Tesla autos, is now shifting on to rival electrical car firm Rivian.
In accordance with the report, El Akkari (whose Twitter profile mentions he’s Tesla’s head of uncooked supplies) was answerable for $16 billion in provide purchases at Tesla, which included supplies like aluminum and metal. Now it appears to be like like El Akkari will probably be doing related work for Rivian by accepting a “senior director of buildings and uncooked supplies” place, in response to a supply chatting with The Data.
Rivian has run into supply chain problems throughout its run-up over the previous few years, lacking key parts to answer a seatbelt recall that slowed down manufacturing. However the firm has since made enhancements and expects to ship 50,000 autos earlier than the tip of 2023.
On the opposite aspect, Tesla’s prime expertise has lengthy been the goal of poaching over time. The corporate’s former software program director for Autopilot moved to Apple in 2021, and one other former Autopilot chief left the corporate to type his personal startup. Tesla sued over the transfer however eventually dropped the case.