Volvo’s now-separate performance brand to engineer future models in West Midlands
8 May 2019

Polestar has confirmed it has established a new research and development centre in Coventry, West Midlands. 

The new facility, located in Ansty near to Geely’s design studio and LEVC's headquarters, will allow the Volvo-linked performance brand to “increase its own R&D capabilities and further strengthens the brand’s ability to engineer its future electric performance vehicles”. 

Polestar says Coventry appeals as “one of the world’s most prominent automotive engineering environments”.  Though there is far less large-scale car manufacturing around the city today than there was during the 20th century, Jaguar Land Rover’s global HQ is still located there and a number of automotive engineering and technology firms are well established. 

Polestar’s facility will initially employ around 60 engineers to support the development of the next generation of the brand’s all-electric models, beyond the already confirmed Polestar 3. That team will expand throughout 2019, supplementing an existing R&D team that's based in Sweden. 

Hans Pehrson, Research and Development boss, says “Polestar’s role as a technology spearhead requires new and developing skills in low-volume, light-weight, multi-material performance car engineering, and the new UK operation will allow us to take the next steps towards our future cars”. 

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8 May 2019

I suppose you can blame Brexir for this

8 May 2019
brian245 wrote:

I suppose you can blame Brexir for this

Brexit

 

8 May 2019
Dispite Brexit :) and so much for project fear :0

8 May 2019

Geely are creating a nice electric centre of excellence in Coventry. Britain still has an awful lot of talented engineers

9 May 2019

Don't the Chinese know that Brexit is coming and Britain is going to turned in to a savage wasteland stuck in the dark ages with no trade deals with the outside world?

Oh wait, hang on... Have the Europeans been thinking they are the centre of the world again?

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