Polestar is reportedly taking over Saab’s former production plant in Trollhattan, Sweden to expand its research and development (R&D) operations in Europe.

    As reported by German publication Automobilwoche via Automotive News, the Sino-Swedish carmaker will rent the 15,000 square metre building from the city of Trollhattan.

    It will be used to develop the electric powertrains and batteries for the forthcoming Polestar 5 lifback and Polestar 6 roadster.

    This Swedish site was previously used for powertrain development by Saab and then later by Chinese-owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which acquired the defunct Swedish brand but went out of business last month.

    Polestar currently also has R&D facilities in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as in Coventry, England. The latter of these plants is developing the lightweight bonded-aluminium platform that will underpin the Polestar 5 and Polestar 6.

    Both of these models will reportedly be produced at a plant in Chongqing, China.

    As previously reported, the Polestar 5 grand tourer will rival the likes of the Porsche Taycan and be unveiled in production guise in 2024. A prototype was previously shown at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

    The Polestar 5 will pack a whopping 650kW of power and 900Nm of torque from its dual-motor electric powertrain. It will also feature a 800V architecture designed to allow lightning quick charge times when plugged into a DC ultra-rapid plug.

    The Polestar 6, on the other hand, will bring the stunning O2 Concept to life and is set to go into production in 2026.

    This all-electric roadster will feature the same dual-motor powertrain as the Polestar 5 and cost around US$200,000 (~A$300,000) when it launches.

    Keen buyers were able to reserve a build slot of the concept-like Polestar 6 LA Concept edition last year for US$25,000 (~A$35,000), though all 500 units were snapped up within a week.

    A Polestar Australia spokesperson previously confirmed the Polestar 6 LA Concept edition is coming Down Under, although it’s not clear exactly how many are headed our way.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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