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Apple poaching electric vehicle engineers contributed to Mission Motorcycles’ bankruptcy says CEO

Mission-R-bikeSan Francisco-based Mission Motorcycles, a maker of high-end electric motorcycles, recently filed for bankruptcy amid financial troubles. In the filing, current CEO Mark Seeger said the company is so low on cash that it can’t afford to pay for an attorney for the bankruptcy process, but while recently talking with Reuters, former CEO Derek Kaufman dismissed the company’s lack of money and instead blamed Mission’s demise on Apple’s poaching of top engineers.

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Mission Motorcycles, a maker of high-end electric motorcycles, filed for bankruptcy

Mission-R-bikeAmid financial troubles and co-founder scuffles, Mission Motorcycles, a maker of high-end electric motorcycles, filed for bankruptcy last week. In a letter obtained by local news-outlets, CEO Mark Seeger said the company is so low on cash that it can’t afford to pay for an attorney for the bankruptcy filing process.

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Jay Leno rides the Mission electric motorcycle

Mission seems like the Tesla of motorcycles as president Mark Seeger stops by with his groundbreaking halo product, the limited production RS superbike. Only 40 of these will be assembled by hand in the USA but clearly there is a market for these if things go well.

Perhaps the hardest part? Convincing motorcyclists that they don’t need to be obnoxiously loud. 

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