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Polestar doubles R&D team at new UK facility
Polestar is expanding its global engineering capability with a new world-class R&D hub in Warwickshire, the latest element in the Swedish automotive brand’s development.
In the last year, the now 250-strong UK team has more than doubled in size, with the company aiming to expand beyond 500 in the future.
Polestar’s new facilities will be situated at the MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton, enabling 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 R&D team will work closely alongside the firm’s R&D team in Sweden, playing a crucial role in the brand’s continued evolution, immediately focusing on the development of the all-electric Polestar Precept, first revealed in 2020, and confirmed for production before 2025.
Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, said: “Going electric is a pivotal moment in the history of cars. The combination of British engineering talent and Swedish expertise will ensure our cars are among the highest performing and most sustainable on the road.”
Pete Allen, head of Polestar UK R&D, added: “Precept is a statement of intent for the brand in terms of design, technology and sustainability. 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, plans to increase its global sales footprint by the end of 2022, and the move to manufacture Polestar 3 in the USA, as well as China.