BMW hires General Motors electric car expert

FRANKFURT, April 13 Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:36am EDT

FRANKFURT, April 13 (Reuters) - BMW (BMWG.DE) said it hired electric car expert Frank Weber from General Motors (GM.N), as competition hots up among auto makers for engineers with expertise in zero-emissions technology.

BMW said Weber, one of the engineers behind the General Motors (GM) flagship vehicle Chevy Volt, would become director of total vehicle architecture and integration.

Weber's start date was still under negotiation, a spokesman for the Munich-based auto maker said on Wednesday.

Weber formerly worked as global chief engineer in electric vehicle development at General Motors in the United States, where he led the development of GM's new generation of electric vehicles.

Weber has also worked as head of corporate and product planning at GM's European unit Opel.

A spokesman for General Motors confirmed that Frank Weber had left the company to pursue "other business opportunities".

(Reporting by Edward Taylor and Ben Klayman; Editing by Erica Billingham)

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