As much as we love the looks of the Polestar 1, there's no way we could justify its price, which is expected to be nearly $200,000, or like $40,000 more than a top-of-the-line Tesla Model S.
For the time being, you won’t be able to actually own the Polestar 1 since the hybrid two-door coupe will be offered exclusively with a subscription plan that has a fixed term: two or three years. It’s already available to order online, though deliveries will not kick off until the second half of 2019. At the end of the contract, you’ll have to return the car or Polestar will be more than happy to pick it up. Then, the vehicle will be refurbished to be sold as a pre-owned model also through a subscription plan.
Things could change in the future as Polestar has hinted it might eventually decide to sell the car in traditional sense of the word. If it will ever happen, the 600-horsepower machine with 93 miles (NEDC) of all-electric range, will retail for anywhere between 130,000 to 150,000 euros or $150,000 to $177,000, according to the company’s Vice President, Global Head of Public Relations and Communications, Duncan Forrester.
Polestar’s Chief Operating Officer, John Goodman, also pointed out the stylish coupe could be sold to customers: “if someone wants to give us $100-x-thousand dollars, we'll find a way.”
There’s also the issue of limited availability as initially only 500 cars will be available per year. Polestar hasn’t made a decision about how these will be distributed, but chances are 300 will be sold in China where the car is going to be produced at a new factory set to be inaugurated in Chengdu by mid-2018. Europe will receive 100 units while North America will get the remaining 100 examples. Sadly, there are no plans to engineer a right-hand-drive version and according to Jalopnik, Polestar will sell its first model in only six countries: China (obviously), Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, United States.
That being said, Autocar points out the Polestar 1 will still be sold in the United Kingdom despite not having a RHD layout. About that, the reason why the car will have the steering wheel only on the left side has to do mainly with engineering costs. Things will be different with the Tesla Model 3-rivaling Polestar 2 and the Polestar 3 SUV as the two will be developed right from the start to accommodate both layouts.