Polestar Chooses UK’s Auto Heartlands For R&D Push

The UK’s automotive heartlands have been selected as the base for a new research and development center for Volvo’s premium EV brand, Polestar.

The center has been opened in Coventry in the Midlands of the UK which has been the cradle of automotive innovation for around a century and home to several of the technologically leading Formula One race teams among carmaker brands including Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover. It’s clear Polestar has chosen the location to ensure good access to talent and resources from both nearby rivals and universities, such as Coventry and Warwick.

The center will initially employ up to 60 engineers bringing skills and experience for supporting the current in-development Polestar cars. Both its hybrid Polestar 1 and the fully electric Polestar 2 are scheduled to go on sale later this year and the carmaker hopes these, with future Polestar models such as the Polestar 3 that is an SUV to rival Tesla’s Model X, will benefit from the new center’s work.

“Investing in the automotive engineering talent that the UK has to offer will strengthen our capabilities,” says Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive officer at Polestar. “The passion and dedication of these great engineers fit the Polestar spirit perfectly and will allow us to create some really awesome cars!”

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