Ford has hired a leading Tesla engineer to develop new models

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A new Ford employee, Alan Clark, at his previous job participated in projects for the development of the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Roadster.

Pickups and SUVs remain the basis of Ford brand sales in the home market, crossovers have their share, and the passenger line is now represented only by the Mustang sports car. It should be noted that brand sales in the United States have been declining since 2016, however, if by the end of 2020 the “minus” was almost 16%, then last year it decreased to 6.5% (Americans bought 1,804,824 copies in 2021).

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Photo: Ford F-150 Lightning

Now many automakers are gradually shifting their focus to electric vehicles. Ford has already taken several steps in this direction. So, back in November 2019, the company introduced the “green” crossover Mustang Mach-E, its production started at the plant in Cuautitlan (Mexico) in October 2020. It should be noted that last year the model sold 27,140 copies in the USA.

The second major step was the appearance of an all-electric version of the full-size Ford F-150 pickup truck: this modification received a Lightning addition to the name. The model has not yet gone on sale, its presentation took place in May 2021, and mass production starts this year. It is assumed that the first customers will receive their “electric pickups” in the coming spring.

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Photo: Ford Mustang Mach-E

The company is not going to stop there. Back in the spring of last year, Ford announced that by 2030 they plan to invest $30 billion in the development of electric cars. So there will only be more “battery-powered” novelties. Moreover, a new Ford employee will be assigned to develop them — we are talking about the former leading Tesla engineer Alan Clark.

The specialist has worked at Tesla for 12 years (since 2009), during which time he participated in several important projects for the development of the brand, including the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Roadster. In addition, it is reported that he was engaged in the development of the architecture that formed the basis of the Model 3 and Model Y, and was also involved in the creation of the Cybertruck prototype.

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Photo: Tesla Model S Plaid

Alan Clark told about his transition to Ford on the LinkedIn social network. He will probably have to work a lot because the manufacturer intends to switch to the production of electric vehicles only by 2035. It should be noted that before joining Tesla, the specialist worked at Honda Performance Development, acting as a chassis development engineer for the ARX 02A P1 and ARX 01b P2 prototypes that participated in the races.

Note that last fall, another former Tesla employee, Doug Field, joined Ford. He was the head of the Apple automotive project, and also held the position of senior vice president of engineering at Tesla, in the list of his merit’s assistance in launching the Model 3. Now the specialist is engaged in software and the introduction of various technologies and driving assistants in the Ford model.