Pehrson Polestar R and D

Hans Pehrson, Head of R&D, Polestar

Volvo’s performance road car brand Polestar has appointed Hans Pehrson as its new head of research and development and electric propulsion strategy.

Pehrson joins from a role supporting the London EV Company with the new London Taxi. In a career spanning more than 3O years, his previous positions include technical director for the Volvo C30 Electric – the group’s first electric car – and manager of Volvo Cars Electric Propulsion System Engineering.

Part of his new role will be overseeing the Polestar electric propulsion strategy, and he will be a member of the Polestar Management Team.

"I am very excited to join Polestar, a company at the forefront of technology and developing the electric cars that will be the future of the automotive industry, and where my passion lies. This important field is changing rapidly and I am really looking forward to being part of that development, and continuing to push the boundaries of new technology within electric vehicles," said Pehrson.

Pehrson’s appointment, Polestar says, plays a key part of the development the coming first model, the Polestar 1, a 600hp electric hybrid GT coupé with a pure electric power range of 150km.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath added: "Hans Pehrson has been a driving force in electric vehicle technology and development within Volvo Cars since the first consideration of electric powertrains. To have Hans running Polestar's R&D team, and guiding the company's electric propulsion strategy, is a great step forward."

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