The Wallstreet Journal is reporting that BMW has lost several core members of its BMWi team to Future Mobility, a Chinese electric car start-up. We call them a start-up but they’re actually a well funded company backed by Tencent, a massive Chinese holding company.

Here’s the group that’s been poached:

– Carsten Breitfeld, a 20-year BMW veteran who developed the company’s i8
– Dirk Abendroth, lead developer of the electric powertrains for the i-series,
– Benoit Jacob, head of design at BMW i
– Henrik Wenders, head of BMW i product management

As the WSJ points out it comes at tough time for BMW as sales of the i range (and other electric competitors) aren’t growing as fast as anticipated. What this means for BMW future electric MINIs remains to be seen.