Volvo appoints new head of R&D and electric propulsion strategy at Polestar

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Hans Pehrson has been appointed head of research and development and electric propulsion strategy at Polestar. Pehrson will play an instrumental role in the development of the new Polestar brand and the first model developed under the badge, the Polestar 1.

Pehrson has worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years, in positions including technical director for the Volvo C30 Electric; manager of Volvo Cars electric propulsion system engineering; and most recently, supporting the London EV Company with the new London taxi.

“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. It is 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.

Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, added, “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 in our future as the electric performance brand.”

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