Three managers are thought to have leaked electric car technology

French car giant Renault has sacked 3 senior managers, including a board member, following an investigation into the possible leaking of electronic vehicle secrets, reported the BBC.

The investigation was triggered in August after an “ethics alert” was sent to the internal compliance department.

Big carmakers are investing heavily in electronic vehicle technology. According to reports, Renault is concerned its work in developing electric technology has been compromised.

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“The actions are serious enough to damage the company so that suspensions were necessary,” Renault spokeswoman Caroline De Gezelle told the BBC.

“Renault hopes that its leadership in this technology won’t be threatened,” a source told the AFP news agency.