Vancouver-based electric-car maker Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. has hired a former Tesla executive as its sales director.
David Neace joins Electra Meccanica after six years at Tesla, where he held roles as regional sales manager and, most recently, senior program manager.
The hire comes at a critical time for Electra Meccanica, maker of the three-wheeled, single-passenger Solo EV, as it looks to ramp up deliveries of the vehicle in the coming years. The automaker, which has a manufacturing agreement with Chinese motorcycle manufacturer Zongshen Industrial Group Co., plans to deliver about 5,000 vehicles in 2019 and has a production target of 75,000 vehicles over the next three years, according to its website.
“David will be tasked with establishing the corporate dealership network, developing fleet sales, increasing market presence, as well as other strategic initiatives,” Electra Meccanica CEO Paul Rivera said in a statement.
Before joining Tesla in 2013, Neace was an in-home consultant for U.S. electricity retailer Direct Energy, where he recorded about US$3 million in sales, according to his LinkedIn profile. He graduated from Ohio University with a degree in sustainable resources.
“Joining Meccanica as director of sales fills me with the same excitement that I had when I first joined Tesla,” Neace said in a statement. “To be an integral part of another EV company’s mission to shift our society away from fossil fuels is awesome and the reason I am here.”
The move is comes just two months after the company replaced founder and former CEO Jerry Kroll with Rivera in that role.
Electra Meccanica, which aims its Solo vehicle at commuters, had more than US$2.4 billion in preorders earlier this year, according to a Bloomberg report.