Swedish electric car manufacturer Polestar to double R&D workforce in Coventry

Polestar aluminium body

Polestar, the Swedish electric performance car maker which has a major research and development unit at Anstey in Coventry, says it expects to expand this facility from the current 280 to approximately 500 engineers in the coming months.

Polestar secured a joint investment of 640 million Euros from Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and car maker Volvo Cars in 2017 to support the initial phase of Polestar’s product, brand and industrial development.
The company has now announced that the forthcoming Polestar 5 electric performance 4-door GT will feature a new, bespoke, bonded aluminium platform. While this technology has previously proven labour-intensive and difficult to use in mass production vehicles without sacrificing quality, Polestar’s 280-strong team of former Formula 1, low volume and bespoke sports cars engineers working in the heart of the UK’s Motorsport Valley in the Midlands have resolved this challenge by developing an entirely new, faster manufacturing process that develops both body and platform in unison.
Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, said: “Our UK R&D team is one of Polestar’s greatest assets. Their mix of engineering and technological expertise enables us to develop advanced, light-weight sports car technology with a creative mindset and a spirit that embraces innovative engineering. This will set Polestar apart in the years to come.”
Bonded aluminium is light-weight and rigid, offering very high performance and environmental advantages. As a result of the new materials and techniques involved, the body-in-white (completed platform and body) is expected to weigh less than that of cars in smaller segments, contributing to improved vehicle efficiency, real-world EV range and dynamic responsiveness, all while delivering leading safety levels. The new bonded aluminium platform will also help drive faster product introduction, high quality and platform rigidity.
Pete Allen, Head of Polestar UK R&D, said: “We knew we wanted this car to be light-weight, we knew we wanted high quality and we knew we wanted it quickly. This architecture delivers outstanding dynamic and safety attributes, with low investment technology applicable to high production volumes.”