BMW says it will hire 400 people to help it improve fuel efficiency in the midwest and other parts of the world.

The automaker said the new hires will join a growing group of BMW employees in Europe and Asia who are looking to help accelerate its drive to develop electric and autonomous vehicles. 

BMW is also bringing on a new team in the US, as it tries to drive down costs and create a network of test track for electric vehicles.

BMW will also launch a test network of its own in Europe next year.

Bengaluru-based BMW said it will recruit 400 new drivers to help the company improve fuel economy.

The new hires join a rising number of employees looking to make better use of their time.

The automaker expects to hire around 1,000 people this year, a 15% increase over last year. 

Boeing Co., which already employs 1,200 people in the U.S., said it plans to hire an additional 200 people to support its electric car program, which has attracted interest from a number of automakers.

Last month, General Motors Co. said it is looking to hire 1,400 people over the next five years to help expand its EV program in the Midwest and other areas of the country.