Naumov Tabar, 42, retired in March after 11 years at Tesla, where he worked as a director of hardware and software engineering and helped develop the Model 3. He joined Lucid Motors last month to help the electric-car company build batteries.
On Thursday, Mr Tabar is set to receive an official invite from Lucid, a maker of self-driving cars, to take the top job at the company, a person familiar with the matter said. Lucid’s chief executive, Tim Leyden, has told employees that he’s moved on to other projects, and the change in leadership doesn’t mean Mr Tabar will succeed him, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.
Lucid put Mr Tabar in charge of team testing of vehicles at California’s RINSED facility, a testing ground for self-driving cars.
Lucid CEO Tim Leyden. Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Lucid is building battery packs, such as for Tesla’s Model 3, under a division called LFC, which uses former Tesla technology. It is also developing components such as the chassis of a vehicle, known as the cowl, and oncology sensors.
Mr Tabar brings big-data management and global supply chain expertise from Tesla, where he was tasked with speeding up processes at Tesla’s Fremont assembly plant.
Lucid was acquired by Redwood City, California-based Nvidia in March, part of a broader effort by the maker of graphics chips to push into automotive technology. The company sells chips to automakers for their autonomous-driving programs.
Tesla has planned an initial public offering for Lucid.