American electric car maker Tesla has reportedly just hired long-time Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as the new Vice President of Vehicle Production, after two senior production managers left the company earlier this month, according to a statement obtained by tech site The Verge.
Hochholdinger is said to be in charge of production of the Model S and Model X, as well as having responsibility to scale up the manufacturing program for the recently-announced Model 3. So far, Tesla has received a staggering 400,000 pre-orders for its newest model, a figure which far exceeds the number of cars the company has even made to date.
Whilst at Audi, Hochholdinger was heading up production for the A4, A5 and Q5 models, churning out more than 400,000 vehicles a year, as well as being responsible for thousands of employees. He has also been an advisor for Audi on a new production plant in Mexico.
“Tesla is excited to have Peter join the team”, the statement said, although no start date was mentioned.
SOURCE: The Verge.