Q&A with an XL Team Member: Tejas Chafekar, Firmware Engineering Manager
How long have you been with XL, and what is your role?
I’ve been with XL for 6 years now, starting as a controls engineer and progressing through my current role as firmware engineering manager.
I was hired to develop the ground-up design of the firmware for XL’s products, which have progressed over the years to put us in position to scale more quickly as we add more platforms and supplier options. I have seen XL grow from having a few test vehicles driving around Boston to thousands of customer vehicles across the U.S. and Canada.
In my current role, I’m now responsible for growing the team and keeping us aligned with industry standard compliances for XL’s safety-critical systems. I’ve been heavily involved with the performance tuning (and managing the associated EPA certification processes) to achieve fuel consumption reduction targets across multiple platforms, and working with suppliers to better integrate their products into XL’s system.