The battle between electric vehicle leader Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) and other traditional gas-powered traditional automakers is expected to heat up in coming years. Now, a former Tesla executive has jumped on board with a future rival.

What Happened: Jon McNeil, the former president of global sales, marketing, government relations, and delivery and service for Tesla, is joining the board of directors of General Motors Company (NYSE: GM). The move could increase a budding rivalry between Tesla and General Motors. 

McNeil held the position at Tesla from 2015 to 2018. He is the co-founder and CEO of Dvx Ventures.

“General Motors and Mary Barra are marching towards an electric future. I’m super excited to be part of this iconic U.S. company’s transition to a zero-emission world,” McNeil said on LinkedIn about General Motor CEO Mary Barra.

Barra praised the move on LinkedIn and shared a link to the official press release announcing the move.

“His passion for customers, track record growing businesses, and commitment to making …

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