Polestar appoints Hans Pehrson as new Head of R&D and Electric Propulsion Strategy
Hans Pehrson has been appointed Head of Research and Development and Electric Propulsion Strategy at Polestar.
Pehrson has worked for more than 30 years within the automotive industry, including positions such as Technical Director for the Volvo C30 Electric – the first electric car from the Volvo Car Group – manager of Volvo Cars Electric Propulsion System Engineering, and most recently supporting the London EV Company with the new London Taxi.
Part of his role as Head of R&D will be responsibility for 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.
Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar, continued: "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 in our future as the electric performance brand."
The appointment of Hans Pehrson is a key part of the development of the new Polestar brand and the coming first model, the Polestar 1, a 600 hp electric performance hybrid grand touring coupé with a range of 150 km (99 miles) on pure electric power – the longest electric range of any hybrid in the world.
Polestar is Volvo Car Group's performance road car brand. On 17 October 2017, Polestar became a new separately branded electric performance car company, offering a portfolio of bespoke Polestar cars. Polestar will enjoy specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefit from significant economies of scale as a result of its connection to Volvo. These synergies will allow it to design, develop and build world-beating electrified high-performance cars far faster than other new entrants into the market.
Polestar also builds the S60 and V60 Polestar, 367 hp performance road cars with more than 250 developments over and above the standard Volvo products through its Polestar Engineered offering. It also offers Polestar Engineered performance hardware upgrades and engine software optimisations for existing Volvo products.