Senior Tesla executive joins Plenty

Last year, Tesla’s longtime battery technology director and one of the company’s most veteran engineers, Kurt Kelty, left the automaker to join vertical farming startup Plenty.

Now, the company has poached another senior engineering executive from Tesla.

Nick Kalayjian has been working at Tesla for over a decade.

As one of the earliest engineers to join Tesla, he first worked on the first generation Roadster’s transmission system.

He later was in charge of Roadster 2.0 and quickly moved through the ranks of Tesla’s engineering department as the company grew.

He talked to Forbes about his move: "The mission of Plenty is potentially bigger than the electrification of transportation or the grid. The energy consumed, the impact on the environment of farming all over the world is massive, and it’s a problem that needs a kind of engineering focus Tesla applies to vehicles. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to have a big impact."

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