Chinese electric vehicle startup Byton has tapped veteran engineers from Ford and Renault in advance of mass production of its first vehicle.
The EV maker appointed Andy Ball vice president for project management to steer product development and ensure timely vehicle delivery, Byton said this week.
Ball worked for Ford in Europe and Asia for 15 years. On April 1, he was made vice president at Jingling Motors, the U.S. automaker's commercial vehicle joint venture in China. Prior to that, he was chief engineer at Ford's vehicle engineering center in the east China city of Nanjing.
In May, David Twohig joined Byton as chief technology officer after a long tenure at Renault where he led development of the French automaker's Alpine A100 sports car and the Renault Zoe EV.
Byton plans to launch production at its 1.4 billion-euro (10.8 billion-yuan) plant in the east China city of Nanjing at the end of 2019. The first product to be assembled at the factory is a full electric crossover, the e M-Byte.