BMW AG has hired Frank Weber as the head of vehicle architecture and integration, a spokesperson for the company disclosed on Tuesday in an interview with Automotive News Europe. Information on Weber’s start date at BMW was not disclosed.
Formerly working as the head of product planning at the Opel/Vauxhall unit of General Motors Co., Weber will now report to the head of research and development at BMW, Klaus Draeger. On the other hand, a replacement for Weber at Opel has not yet been named.
BMW is planning to bring its i8 plug-in hybrid and its i3 full-electric vehicle to the public by 2013. Weber was the lead engineer for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and thus, his appointment will give BMW a great advantage when it comes to the electric vehicle field.
Weber has worked on the Volt at GM for two years, before he started to lead the product team at Opel in November 2009. The Volt and the Ampera, which is Opel’s rendition of the electric vehicle, is set to be on sale in Europe by November.
Weber, a German native, joined GM’s subsidiary after he graduated from his engineering studies at Darmstadt University in 1991. He was director of advanced concept engineering, among several of his prominent positions, in the technical development center in Ruesselsheim.