Volvo’s performance brand Polestar to turn electric by 2019

The Polestar 1 will be built at Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China. Currently under construction, it is due for completion in mid-2018

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NEW DELHI: The performance brand of Volvo Group Polestar announced that its all future cars have a fully-electric powertrain.

It also confirms the plan for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focused route to market that will set a new industry benchmark for performance vehicles.

Apart from this, the Polestar also unveiled the 600hp Polestar 1, the company’s first car, which is set to roll off the production line in mid-2019.

Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar, said, “Polestar 1 is the first car to carry the Polestar on the bonnet. A beautiful GT with amazing technology packed into it – a great start for our new Polestar brand. All future cars from Polestar will feature a fully-electric drivetrain, delivering on our brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand.”

The Polestar 1 will form a halo for the future Polestar brand. The Polestar 1 is a two-door, 2+2 seat Grand Tourer Coupé with an Electric Performance Hybrid drivetrain.

An electric car supported by an internal combustion engine, it has a range of 150kms on pure electric power alone – the longest full electric range of any hybrid car on the market. Its output of 600hp and 1000Nm of torque places the car firmly in the performance car segment.

The Polestar 1 is based upon Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) but approximately 50 per cent is new and bespoke, created by Polestar’s engineers.

Additionally, Polestar 1 uses a double electric rear axle which enables torque vectoring. This supports the driver with precise acceleration on each wheel to keep the maximum road grip and maintain speed while cornering.

The Polestar 1 will be built at Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China. Currently under construction, it is due for completion in mid-2018.

Polestar 2 will start production later in 2019 and will be the first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) from the Volvo Car Group. It will be a mid-sized BEV, joining the competition around the Tesla Model 3, and with consequently higher volumes than Polestar 1.

The order books for the new Polestar 1 open on 17 October 2017, with Polestar able to take expressions of interest from prospective customers immediately. (ETAuto)

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