Polestar expands R&D with new world-class hub

Swedish carmaker Polestar is rapidly growing its global engineering capability with the expansion of a world-class research and development (R&D) hub based in the United Kingdom.

Polestar’s new facilities will be situated at the MIRA Technology Park – a world-class automotive testing and development site in the heart of Motorsport Valley.

The company says the MIRA Technology Park was an obvious choice for the progressive brand, with access to a variety of specialised on-site equipment including advanced battery testing, an extensive test track network and a selection of other independent operations based at the facility.

The UK team will work alongside the Swedish division and will focus on ground-breaking engineering solutions in an attempt to help Polestar reach its goals

“Going electric is a pivotal moment in the history of cars,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar.

“The combination of British engineering talent and Swedish expertise will ensure our cars are among the highest performing and most sustainable on the road.”

The UK team will play a crucial role in the brand’s continued evolution, focusing primarily on the development of the Polestar Precept, first revealed in 2020 and confirmed for production before 2025.

“Precept is a statement of intent for the brand in terms of design, technology and sustainability,” said Pete Allen, Head of Polestar UK R&D.

“The production car will take an important step on the journey towards climate neutrality, and ours will be the team that delivers that.”

The expansion of Polestar’s R&D capabilities follows on from the continued growth of its model line-up. The marque plans to increase its global sales footprint by the end of 2022, before moving to manufacturer the Polestar 3 in the USA and China.

Source: Polestar | Polestar accelerates global engineering capability as it doubles UK Research & Development team

21 September 2021

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