LONDON -- Aston Martin hired former Ferrari and Rimac executives as it works to strengthen its leadership ahead of launching its first full-electric car in 2025.
The brand appointed ex-Rimac executive Paul Thomas to the newly created position of BEV Chief Engineer, which also covers plug-in hybrid vehicles. Aston Martin will start deliveries of the Valhalla plug-in hybrid supercar next year ahead of the promised full-electric car in 2025.
Thomas was chief technology officer for the Croatian EV specialist Rimac between November 2020 and February 2022, according to his LinkedIn profile, before moving to founder Mate Rimac’s robotaxi company Project 3 Mobility.
Prior to that Thomas worked at Tesla between 2014 and 2020 as a senior manager of vehicle engineering.
Thomas’s appointment marks a homecoming for the British national, who worked at Aston Martin for 16 years before Tesla.