EV maker Polestar has appointed experienced fleet and used vehicle director Martin Gurney to head up its European fleet and business section, specifically looking after the UK and Benelux regions.
Gurney has taken up the Polestar role following more than two decades with PSA Group – now Stellantis. With previous positions in sales, training and retail, Gurney has spent the last five years as Director of Fleet and Used Vehicles in the UK with the group.
The Polestar 2 electric performance fastback is the company’s first fully electric, high volume car. It launched in 2020 with an all-wheel drive electric powertrain that produces 408 hp and 660 Nm, with a maximum range of 292 miles.
Its Polestar 1 is a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT with a carbon fibre body, 609 hp, 1,000 Nm and an electric-only range of 77 miles – the longest of any hybrid car in the world.
Gurney said, “Polestar is a brand I’ve been watching closely and when the opportunity arose to join I just had to grasp it. It’s clear the automotive future is electric so I couldn’t think of a better place to be – the opportunity is huge”.
Polestar’s global head of sales, Mike Whittington said, “During 2020 we focused on establishing our fleet and business infrastructure and launching Polestar 2.
“With a significant level of demand and momentum building, during 2021 we will focus even more intensely and demonstrate the importance of fleet sales to Polestar.
“I am delighted that Martin is joining us to strengthen the team, which will expand even further across Europe. With his considerable experience we will continue to build our fleet presence during the coming years.”