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Karma Automotive (formerly Fisker) hires Tesla’s lead interior designer


It appears there could be a change of pace in Tesla’s interior design team. While we recently reported that the automaker hired the lead designer behind the Porsche Mission E’s interior, we now learn that now two senior designers from Tesla’s interior team have left the company since the beginning of the year and that the latest to leave just joined competitor Karma Automotive this week.

Patrick Grimmel, Senior Interior Designer at Tesla from 2011 to 2016, left the automaker earlier this year to go back to freelancing, and Andre Franco Luis, Lead Interior Designer at Tesla from 2011 to 2016, left last month and now we learn that he joined Karma Automotive, formerly known as Fisker Automotive, as Interior Design Manager. Expand

Tesla hires the interior designer of Porsche’s all-electric Mission E


Porsche last year unveiled what it said will be its first all-electric vehicle: the Mission E. The German automaker green-lighted the vehicle for production in December and announced a €1 billion investment to retrofit its factories in order to manufacture electric vehicles. The press was quick to call the Mission E a “Tesla Killer” despite the fact that it will not hit the market until the end of the decade.

The car might not be a “Tesla Killer” but it is already generating a lot of attention and recently won the prestigious ‘Concept Car Design of the year’ at Car Design Night at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, and rightfully so, I might add. The design is simply stunning. Now Electrek has learned that Tesla hired Porsche’s lead designer for the Mission E’s interior.