May 10th 2019

BYTON Appoints David Twohig as Chief Technical Officer

Nanjing, 10 May 2019 - BYTON, the Chinese-based premium electric vehicle maker, announced today that David Twohig has been appointed as Chief Technical Officer.

David Twohig’s new role gives him full responsibility for leading BYTON’s vehicle development from fundamental technology choices to the profitable application of those technologies to products, services, and processes. He’ll have direct management responsibility for key engineering functions as Powertrain, Connectivity, Autonomous Driving, Program Management and Digital Engineering.

“David will be responsible for creating a technological vision and for applying that vision to customer products for BYTON. In 2019, key deliverable is the start of production of our M-BYTE vehicle”, said Dr. Daniel Kirchert, CEO and Co-Founder of BYTON. “He brings with him a wealth of experience to ensure we will achieve our business targets and streamline our company from structure to operations.“It’s a great honour to lead the great R&D team that we’ve built here at BYTON – a unique blend of the best worldwide ‘tech’ and automobile expertise”, said David Twohig.

David Twohig, born in Ireland, is a seasoned automotive engineering executive with over 26 years of international experience in automotive design and development. Before joining BYTON as Chief Vehicle Engineer in March 2018, David was Chief Engineer at Alpine and Head of Vehicle Engineering at Renault Sport. Through his leadership and team efforts, he successfully developed a truly groundbreaking sports car - the new
Alpine A110, that spearheads the rebirth of the Alpine brand, and has even been favorably compared with established segment leaders like the
Porsche Cayman.

From 2009 to 2013, David led the engineering team responsible for the Renault ZOE as the key pillar of Renault’s ambitious Zero Emissions program and currently Europe’s best-selling BEV. He also steered the development of the first generation Nissan Qashqai, a highly profitable model for Nissan, launching the dominant compact SUV segment in Europe.

In 2018, David was granted the Mundy Award for Engineering by Autocar UK Magazine for his professional achievements.


BYTON aspires to build premium intelligent electric vehicles for the future. Its crafted cars integrate advanced digital technologies to offer customers a smart, connected, comfortable and eco-friendly driving and mobility experience.

BYTON aims to create a premium brand rooted in China which has a global reach. Its global headquarters, intelligent manufacturing base and R&D center are located in Nanjing, China, while its North American headquarters, devoted to intelligent car experience, autonomous driving, whole vehicle integration and other cutting-edge technologies, is based in the Silicon Valley. The company’s vehicle concept and design center is located in Munich. BYTON also has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to handle external affairs, marketing, sales, design and investor relations.

BYTON’s core management team is made up of the world’s top experts from China, Europe and the U.S., all of whom have held senior management positions in innovative companies such as BMW, Tesla, Google and Apple. Their expertise covers automotive design, automotive engineering and manufacturing, electric powertrain, intelligent connectivity, autonomous driving, user interface and supply chain management among other industry sectors, the sum of which represents BYTON’s strengths in manufacturing premium automobiles that are equipped with high quality internet technologies.

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