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

The new facility, located in Ansty, near Geelys design studio and LEVC headquarters, will allow Volvo Linked Performance to “increase its own R&D capabilities and further strengthen the brands ability to design its future high-performance electric vehicles”.

Polestar says Coventry appeals as “one of the worlds most prominent automotive engineering environments. Although today the citys large-scale automobile manufacturing is much smaller than during the 20th century, Jaguar Land Rovers world headquarters are still there and several automotive engineering and technology companies are well established.

The Polestar facility will initially employ some 60 engineers to support the development of the brands next generation of all-electric models, beyond the already confirmed Polestar 3. That team will expand throughout 2019, complementing an existing R&D team based in Sweden.

Hans Pehrson, Head of Research and Development, says: “Polestars role as a technology spearhead requires new and growing skills in low volume, lightweight, multi-material performance car engineering, and the new UK operation will enable us to take the next steps towards our future cars.

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