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Celina Mikolajczak, who has held senior roles at Tesla and Panasonic, resigned from QuantumScape less than a year after taking the chief manufacturing officer position at the solid-state battery company, according to a regulatory filing.

Mikolajczak and QuantumScape are parting ways over “differing management styles between the parties,” the filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission states. Mikolajczak will move to an advisory role on the company’s scientific advisory board.

She intends to focus her career on the development of a fully U.S.-based battery supply chain, according to the filing.

Shares of QuantumScape fell 7.7% to close at $10.15, near its 52-week low of $10.

The departure wraps up a fast and furious relationship between the company and Mikolajczak.

A little over a year ago, Mikolajczak took a board seat at QuantumScape. She was still vice president of battery technology at Panasonic Energy of North America when she joined the board, telling TechCrunch at the time that her employer “graciously allowed her” to take the appointment.

A month later, QuantumScape announced Mikolajczak would join the company as vice president of manufacturing engineering, beginning in July. She resigned from the board in connection with accepting the offer. In her new role, Mikolajczak was charged with leading the transition of the company’s tools and manufacturing processes from research and development to production, QuantumScape said in a regulatory filing at the time.

The hiring appeared to be a boon for both parties.

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QuantumScape, which had risen to buzzy prominence after Volkswagen Group invested more than $500 million, struck a deal in September 2020 to merge with a special purpose acquisition company, Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. The capital raised through the public markets would give QuantumScape the boost it needed to commercialize solid-state batteries for electric vehicles.

Meanwhile, Mikolajczak had the kind of experience QuantumScape would need to scale.

Mikolajczak has a long history of researching and developing better lithium-ion batteries. Her technical consulting practice at Exponent focused on lithium-ion cell and battery safety and quality. She then took a senior management position at Tesla that was focused on cell quality and materials engineering. During her time at Tesla, Mikolajczak developed the battery cells and packs for Tesla’s Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Roadster Refresh.

After leaving Tesla, Mikolajczak went on to serve as director of engineering, focusing on battery development for rideshare vehicles at Uber Technologies. And in 2019, she joined Panasonic Energy of North America, where she was vice president of battery technology. While at Panasonic, Mikolajczak led a team focused on improving lithium-ion cell manufacturing and bringing the latest cell technologies to mass production for Tesla at the Gigafactory facility in Sparks, Nevada.

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Exclusive: Berlin-based WorkMotion, an HR software startup that helps companies onboard and manage staff abroad, has raised a $50M Series B led by Canaan (FinSMEs) – TalkOfNews.com

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Berlin-based WorkMotion, an HR software startup that helps companies onboard and manage staff abroad, has raised a $50M Series B led by Canaan  —  WorkMotion, a Berlin, Germany-based HR-tech company for global employment, raised $50M in Series B funding.  —  The round was led by Canaan …


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Exclusive: Toyota Tundra Pickup, BZ4X EV Recalled for Separate Issues – CNET – TalkOfNews.com

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Toyota issued two voluntary recalls for the Tundra pickup and BZ4X EV, affecting more than 46,000 cars in the US.

Why it matters

Toyota urged BZ4X owners to not drive their cars until recall work is completed.

What’s next

The repair work will be completed free of charge, and owners will be notified in July.

Toyota announced a pair of voluntary safety recalls this week affecting two of its newest products. The 2022 Tundra pickup and 2023 BZ4X electric SUV are the subjects of two separate recalls that cover more than 46,000 vehicles in the US.

The Tundra recall concerns rear axle nuts that can loosen over time and potentially fall off. “If complete separation occurs, this can affect vehicle stability and brake performance, increasing the risk of a crash,” Toyota said in a statement. Owners of the defective trucks will be notified by the end of July, and Toyota says approximately 46,000 Tundras are affected.

The BZ4X recall is significantly smaller; Toyota says roughly 260 vehicles are involved. This one is far more serious, however. “After low-mileage use, all of the hub bolts on the wheel can loosen to the point where the wheel can detach from the vehicle,” Toyota said. It’s pretty obvious why this is not good.

In fact, Toyota says the affected BZ4X SUVs should not be driven until a fix is performed. However, “no remedy is available at this time,” Toyota said. “Until the remedy is available, any authorized Toyota dealer will pick up the vehicle and provide a loaner vehicle free of charge to the owner.”

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This recall also applies to the BZ4X’s kissin’ cousin, the Subaru Solterra. According to Reuters, about 2,600 Solterras are affected globally, though a US spokesperson said none of the EVs have been delivered to customers.

To check if your car is affected by this or any other recall, visit CNET’s how-to guide.

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