American EV manufacturer Tesla has hired a lead designer of the well-received compact SUV XC40 by Volvo, reported Auto Express.

Ian Kettle, an alumnus of Royal College of Art and Coventry University became the topic of talks in the auto industry for his work on the XC40. Kettle states that the major inspiration behind designing the XC40 was sci-fi movies and robots.

It has been reported that Kettle has started working as a senior designer with Tesla a few weeks back and is part of the team that reports to the company's design director, Franz Holzhausen.

Kettle’s online biography suggests that he left the Swedish auto company in February and has greater Los Angeles as his current location. Meanwhile, sources at Volvo confirmed that Kettle was no longer part of their company.

It has been reported that Kettle has started working as a senior designer with Tesla a few weeks back and is part of the team that reports to the company’s design director, Franz Holzhausen.

This comes as a positive news for the American EV manufacturer as the company is currently working on the next generation of Model S

This comes as a positive news for the American EV manufacturer as the company is currently working on the next generation of Model S, as well as its smaller and affordable model that Musk has promised to deliver within the next five years.

Meanwhile, Kettle has quit Volvo at a crucial time when the company is blossoming under the ownership of Chinese manufacturer Geely.

This news comes amid the surprising turn of events as Musk tweeted about his plans of taking the company private. On Wednesday, Tesla board confirmed that they have looked over Musk’s proposition and are still evaluating the plans that he put forward.