Polestar's (Almost) Ready To Hit The Road
Volvo and Geely’s electric performance brand Polestar is yet to have any rubber on the tarmac, but as of recently the first of the Polestar 1 has been coming off production lines in China.
The current units being made in China aren’t for customers though; they’re the last pre-production prototypes for testing and fine-tuning before the performance model hits the road in earnest in 2020.
Basically, of the 50 or so ‘tooling try-out’ (TT) vehicles built so far, a good chunk of them will go into crash testing and what’s left will be scrapped after they’ve passed muster.
"It’s great to see how we have progressed from showing the Polestar 1 for the first time in 2017, to now having our beautiful new manufacturing facility up and running with the TT cars being tested in and around the plant,” said CEO Thomas Ingenlath.
"Now we enable our loyal customers to secure their final specification for their car, knowing that we are going to give them an awesome GT that is built to the highest levels of quality, fit and finish.”
The plant producing the Polestar 1 is yet to be completed, though when it’s inaugurated in late 2019 it will be ready to produce not just the coupe Polestar 1 hybrid, but the Polestar 2 all-electric fastback sedan.
The Polestar 1, which is the brands performance model will have 600 horsepower and an all-electric range of 93 miles (or 150km).