A top Tesla engineer has announced that he is joining Ford to elevate the brand’s positioning when it comes to electric cars. 

Alan Clarke was engineering director at Tesla, and had worked at the American EV giant for 12 years. He played a key role in the development of the Tesla Model S – the brand’s first mainstream model – while also contributing to the Model X SUV’s drivetrain too. 

Working in a variety of positions at the firm, Clarke progressed to lead the engineering for the architecture of the best-selling Tesla Model 3 and Model Y. More recently, he had overseen the engineering of the prototype development of the Tesla Roadster and Cybertruck, both of which remain in pre-production phase. 

Announcing his departure to Ford on LinkedIn, Clarke confirmed his new role in ‘Advanced EV Development’. Ford’s CEO Jim Farley responded, saying: “Welcome, Alan! Great to have you on the team.”

It’s the latest in a string of high-profile appointments for Ford, with Doug Field – another ex-Tesla engineer who had started working on the development of Apple’s car – also joining the marque in recent months. 

Ford is investing heavily in electrification, with the majority of its line-up already available with a hybrid derivative, while the Mustang Mach-E is its first bespoke EV. By the middle of 2026, its full range will either be an EV or plug-in hybrid in Europe, while by 2030 everything will be electric.