600 hp Polestar 1 hybrid coupe is officially unveiled, production set to start mid-2019

Article by Christian A., on October 19, 2017

After months of dropping online teasers, Polestar finally reveals its very first production car virtually. The Polestar 1 is a two-door coupe that gets its design inspiration from the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe. It then shares an SPA platform that underpins the “90” series cars and the newest XC60. As for the hardware, half of it is derived from Volvo’s SPA, while the other half represents the partnership between Polestar and Volvo that’s made specially for this new product.

Therefore, the Polestar 1 is more than just a coupe version of the S90 Sedan, considering the fact that the four-seater has to step up its game when it comes to the powertrain. Having said that, its hybrid setup gives out an impressive 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet (1,000 Newton metres) of torque.

Besides that, it comes with a battery pack that can let the Polestar 1 reach 93 miles (150 kilometers). The automaker claims that in terms of range, the sporty coupe can perform better compared to any production hybrid out there. This is also because the coupe’s body is made entirely of carbon fiber, therefore cutting down a lot of its weight, while improving torsional stiffness by 45 percent. There is an electric axle between the rear wheels with torque vectoring capabilities for more power and precise handling.

The automaker has not shared performance figures just yet, but we think that it would perform better than the range-topping Volvo S90 T8. It only takes 5.2 seconds for the hybrid sedan to hit 62 miles per hour (100 kph) from a standstill, before continuing to its top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour). We therefore think that the Polestar 1 can do so much better in terms of speed and performance with its 200 horsepower engine with 265 pound-feet (360 Nm) of torque.

Sources say that this model will hit the production line by mid-2019 at their factory in Chengdu, China, which should be completed by next year. Polestar even has plans of releasing the Polestar 2, which will rival the Tesla Model 3, and it might even be followed by an SUV under the name of Polestar 3.

The company plans to have five EVs in their product portfolio sometime between 2019 to 2021. Some of these will carry the Polestar’s badge while others will be carrying the Volvo logo. Parent company Geely will then have to invest around 640 million euros ($752 million) in Polestar if they want to add the marque to the sports car map.

Currently, “Polestar Spaces” or their showrooms are being built already, and the company is already accepting orders for the coupe online.

Press Release

Volvo Cars and Geely Holdings invest 5 billion RMB to develop Polestar

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and its owner, Geely Holding, today announce they will jointly invest RMB 5 billion (EUR 640 million) to support the initial phase of Polestar’s product, brand and industrial development.

The investment highlights the financial muscle and industrial and manufacturing expertise Polestar will have access to, and establishes the fully consolidated Volvo Cars subsidiary as a stand-alone electrified performance car company as it reveals its first production model in Shanghai today.

The investment will be used, among other things, to establish a state-of-the-art Polestar manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China, marking a new chapter in the development of China as a manufacturing hub for Volvo Cars.

This set-up will radically shorten the time Polestar needs to commercially launch its cars, giving it a strategic advantage compared with competitors. Volvo Cars and Polestar will also benefit from synergies in the development of next-generation technologies such as shared procurement costs, joint development and economies of scale.

With China as a driving force behind the electrification of the global car industry, Polestar will spearhead the development of new technologies and enhance Volvo Cars’ leadership within electrification and connectivity.

Polestar’s first production car, the Polestar 1, is a 600hp two-door, four-seater hybrid coupé. It has a pure electric range of 150km – the longest full-electric range of any hybrid car on the market. The electrified performance car will go in production in Chengdu in mid-2019, and will be closely followed later in 2019 by a smaller vehicle named Polestar 2.

The Polestar 1 exemplifies the inherent synergies between the Volvo and Polestar brands. Around half of the technology under the skin of the Polestar 1 is based on Volvo’s in-house-developed SPA modular vehicle architecture, while the remaining half is entirely new and bespoke technology created by Polestar engineers working within Volvo’s R&D department.

Polestar will also benefit from having privileged access to Volvo’s global and well-established manufacturing standards and expertise as it establishes its own manufacturing operations in Chengdu.

The Polestar 2 will be the first fully electric car launched by Volvo Car Group, and the first of a total of five fully electric Polestar- or Volvo-branded vehicles to be launched between 2019 and 2021. The Polestar models announced today are thus clear proof points of Volvo Cars’ electrification strategy that was revealed in July of this year.

Volvo Cars announced this summer that from 2019 every new Volvo-branded car launched will have an electric motor, making it the first established car company to fully embrace electrification and place it at the core of its future business.

Source: Volvo

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