PHEV Polestar 1 Breaks Cover With 93 Miles* Of Electric Range

1 month ago by Adrian Padeanu 36

Polestar 1

The plug-in hybrid coupe featuring a carbon fiber body will be built in China from mid-2019.

Just minutes after dropping a final teaser, Polestar has taken the virtual wraps off its first production car. A truly gorgeous two-door coupe, the Polestar 1 takes after the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe as far as the design is concerned and is partially based on the SPA platform underpinning the big “90” series cars and the latest XC60. Half of the hardware is derived from Volvo’s SPA while the other half represents a joint effort between Polestar and Volvo specifically for this new product.

As a consequence, this is more than just a coupe version of the S90 Sedan, especially if we take into account the four-seater Polestar 1 has an ace up its sleeve when it comes down to the powertrain. The potent hybrid setup provides a massive 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters) of torque.

Polestar 1

In addition, the unspecified battery pack has enough juice for an impressive 93 miles (150 kilometers – NEDC), prompting Polestar to say the sporty coupe has the biggest electric range of any production hybrid out there. The body is entirely made from carbon fiber to shave off weight and at the same time improve torsional stiffness by 45 percent. At the back, it utilizes an electric axle with torque vectoring capabilities for more precise handling and improved power delivery to the road.

Polestar 1

Performance numbers have not been released, but it goes without saying these will trump those of the Volvo S90 in the range-topping T8 specification. As a refresher, the hybridized sedan needs 5.2 seconds for the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint en route to a top speed of 155 mph (250 kph). With a massive 200 hp and 265 lb-ft (360 Nm) more than the sedan, the Polestar 1 Coupe should prove to be substantially quicker and faster.

Polestar 1

We will have to patiently wait to see it on the roads as the company says production is scheduled to commence by the middle of 2019 at a brand new factory in Chengdu, China that will be completed by mid-2018. Later in 2019, a smaller model called Polestar 2 to fight the Tesla Model 3 will be added to the lineup and it will serve as the very first fully electric vehicle launched by the Volvo Car Group. Further down the line, a Polestar 3 SUV will eventually hit the market.

Polestar 1

Between 2019 and 2021, a total of 5 EVs will be introduced by the group, with some carrying Polestar’s badge while others will have the Volvo logo. In order to put Polestar on the sports car map, Volvo and its parent company Geely have announced plans to invest 640 million euros (about $752M) in Polestar.

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36 responses to "PHEV Polestar 1 Breaks Cover With 93 Miles* Of Electric Range"

  1. Spoonman. says:

    If they can do this, can’t they do better on the XC60’s terrible AER? Somehow it’s worse than the 2018 XC90’s, which doesn’t even make sense.

    1. ekutter says:

      I have an XC60 on order and am totally confused by the posted numbers. Is the 60 really less efficient than the 90 or is it just something in the testing? Especially around town, the lower weight should be a benefit. Makes no sense. It will be interesting to see my actual numbers when I get the car.

      1. Spoonman. says:

        Right? It’s the kind of result that should make somebody say “Test it again.”

        And maybe they did and the XC90 really gets a higher AER and better MPG on gas, but if so I’m really, really interested in hearing how in the world that could be.

    2. turboro says:

      It looks stunning beautiful, but with a real life range of 70-80 mile its already outdated today and useless to bring it 2019 on the market

      1. Oswald says:

        It’s a PHEV not a BEV.

        1. dinhh68 says:

          … and a 2017 Tesla Model3 killer in year 2020+! LOL

          1. john edwards says:

            Thanks for pointing that out..

      2. HAuer says:

        ???
        What is the electric range of other PLugin HYBRIDs???

        1. Mark.ca says:

          Most are under 30 miles.

        2. Rhaman68 says:

          Many consider the Chevy Volt a plug-in-hybrid and it has over 50 miles of range in the test cycle. Others vary from 10 miles to over 30 miles.

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            The 2017 Chevy Volt has an EPA rated range of 53 miles. And the EPA ranges assigned within the past few years (let’s say, 3-4 years) have mostly been shown to be pretty close to real world driving range.

            The NEDC ranges, by comparison, are rather inflated. For comparison:

            The Ampera-e is NEDC rated at 323 miles. The Bolt EV (the same car!) is rated by the EPA at 238 miles, so by that comparison the NEDC range is inflated by 35.7%.

            If we apply that same ratio to this Polestar 1, we get 68.5 miles.

            That’s still quite an impressive range for a PHEV, assuming that number is real. If this is a Volvo car, and not an example of Chinese manufacturing (where the usual business practice seems to be “caveat emptor on steroids”) then it seems reasonable to think that’s a real number.

            OTOH the article seems clear on this being a prototype or concept car, so the production version may not live up to this high standard.

            1. Ryan says:

              It’s very easy to say it’s got 90 miles in a concept vehicle. It’s just aspirational. Where they’ll actually fit that battery pack is beyond me. It’d have to be really huge. The Volt sacrifices on interior room to git the 18kwh pack in there along with the ICE and exhaust and gas tank. To get 20 or 22 or 25kwh to get the 90 miles means making the car bigger (and heavier and less efficient).

              Frankly, it looks like bullcr** to me. The shape is not aerodynamic. There’s no room for a battery big enough to move that brick “90 miles”, and Volvo doesn’t exactly have the best track record on this yet.

              If it was GM I might believe them.

              In any case, it being Volvo it’ll be priced way out of my snack bracket anyways. They seem to have given up on being a good reliable safe middle class car and are now competing purely in the luxury space.

  2. Kdawg says:

    Kinda looks like a Charger/Camaro.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      I was thinking “Gorgeous is in the eye of the beholder, and this beholder thinks that chunky cars are not gorgeous.”

      But, I’m not the target market. The primary target will be China and they are apparently big fans of gauche chunkiness.

      1. Dan says:

        More like a Mustang methinks

  3. Mint says:

    Looks fantastic.

    Probably really expensive, but hopefully they can get this drivetrain into a lower cost model without carbon fiber and with a cheaper ICE.

    I always envisioned there being PHEVs like this, but I figured they’d arrive in 2015 as opposed to 2020.

  4. William says:

    This should make the Fisker Karma look like a terrific bargain.

  5. John says:

    Seems pointless to me. Once electric range reaches almost 100 miles it’s decision time for manufacturers. My Volt’s electric range is half of Polestar 1 and my range extending generator rarely runs as it is. With double the range the fuel would sit even longer, the generator would sit idle even longer.

    I do understand the need for manufacturers to have a viable long-range competitor to the Tesla(s), but it simply highlights the need for Level 4(+) charging infrastructure vice simply turning to ICE to solve the long range equation. Instead of simply slapping in an ICE these manufacturers need to get together and either create a charging solution to compete with Tesla, or maybe approach Elon with a viable proposal to buy into an agreement to use Tesla’s Supercharging network.

    1. Couple thoughts on those points:
      Having a single Model – like – let’s say – The Volt, could it not have 3 battery choices at 3 price points, even though it still has the Generator? Like – 35 Miles, 50 Miles, & 85 Miles AER? I have lots of coworkers that the 35 would be fine, but just as many that would benefits from a full 85+ Miles AER!

      As to Charging – connected with Tesla: Pride, Inertia, And Commoditizing, are three of the OEM’s current Concerns, and obstacles! They Think going electric will make them simple commodities, so they are scratching to find ways to make them ‘Different’, and while this is an interesting idea, we see limited appeal to connect with Tesla on their Supercharger Network – from Most OEM’s! Easier for them to put in some basically decent Battery Range, for the Daily Drive, and a ICE Gen-Set for the Range Extension!

    2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      There are essentially two approaches to “EREV”. One is to make weekday driving electric and the other is to make typical weeks electric.

      This car uses the 2nd approach.

      Different people need different range. You might find your Volt’s engine is barely run, but even with a Gen 2 we’d exceed range most weekends, and often one day during the week.

    3. Mint says:

      It’s probably only around 20% more range than the Volt’s 53 miles. Remember that this is NEDC.

      93 miles NEDC is the range of the original iMiEV. With the EPA test, it got 62 miles.

      I don’t know if the Polestar 1 will ever be sold in the US, but if it did, it would probably get an AER rating of 65 miles at most from the EPA.

  6. WARREN says:

    Looks very nice on the inside AND outside, with great performance specs for sure. But has to be close to $100k. BUT even at that price, with extreme performance, they would sell every one at that price if it were out today. Most 600hp European sedans run around $100k as the norm anyways.

  7. Pjwood1 says:

    Glad they skipped “Mild” and went right for EREV spicey. Better to have a big battery and little engine.

  8. David Murray says:

    Well, I guess we can assume the 93 miles won’t pan out for EPA ratings in the USA. it will probably be more like 70 miles, which is still absolutely great for a PHEV. However, their claim that it beats any mass-produced PHEV is still wrong because the 2017 BMW i3 Rex has an EPA range of 97 miles on battery only.

    1. WARREN says:

      And 97 AER miles is pretty conservative for the irex.

  9. Another Euro point of view says:

    The massive rear of this car makes me think of a fat gold rolex watch. The exact opposite of elegance.

  10. unlucky says:

    Middle of 2019 means this concept means very little.

    Electric/PHEV car companies love to try to get you to evaluate a future offering by today’s standards because it makes their car look ahead of the curve. But we have to wait for proper context to really find out what’s up.

    Oh yeah, and a price.

  11. DJ says:

    A coupe, I mean a friggin coupe?

    They must not want to sell a lot of these.

    1. HAuer says:

      Indeed.
      They plan to build only 500 per year.

  12. Bill Howland says:

    Looks nice, but to me the Fisker Karma was by far the more beautiful car – judging by the way the general public swarmed over the car at the local auto show here. This car looks like many offerings from Detroit, to these eyes. There is a slight resemblance to the “S” but then I often confuse a Ford Fusion with an “S” until I get a good look at it, so in that sense, the “S” is also a somewhat derivative look. I always thought the closest car to the “S” was the Impala.

    Hopefully, thy will be putting a fuse in the radiator cooling fan so they won’t burn down so many garages as the Karma did.

    93 Euro miles eh? So like 60 EPA maybe? Seeing as the current Volt gets officially 53, but most people I’ve chatted with say they normally get 70, it will be interesting to see which has the best all electric range:

    – this futuristic Chinese thing.

    – or the current, in production VOLT.

  13. bro1999 says:

    Sounds like a Volt on major steroids. Not bad.

  14. cab says:

    I am pretty sure it will be a great car, but it’s obviously going to be a niche halo car only. For a new performance brand a premium sports coupe is practically the norm. I have to believe some type of SUV will quickly follow. Look at the established “performance” brands and sub-brands. Heck, BMW and Mercedes slap the M and AMG badges on dang near everything they make and if they don’t get the full on M/AMG treatment then they get the derivative version (i.e “M-Sport”, etc.).

    The reality in the performance world is that the SUVs are what really drive sales. You could argue the Porsche Boxster, Cayman and 911 originally paid for the Cayenne and now the Cayenne (and Macan) pay for everything.

    I’m rooting for Volvo and Polestar in the electrification game.

  15. JON G JONSSON says:

    Is this just another “Teaser”…?? Hope they make this stunningly good looking car. (Tesla makes breakthrough, beautiful cars – they skip the endless car-show “teasers”….. Something for Volvo to keep in mind !)

  16. Mr. M says:

    A hell of a car. I like it. Thats how every PHev should be.

  17. Derek says:

    Wow, that’s a really nice looking car! Sounds like it’s for the Chinese market only…?
    Either way, I’m not in the market for a couple…but it looks very appealing to me.

  18. Don Zenga says:

    Sedan sales are shrinking and the Coupe sales are shrinking even faster and that’s why Honda dropped the Accord-Coupe and Kia dropped the Forte-Coupe.

    And the reason for the popularity of Model-S is not only its speed, but also it’s 7 seater option and a huge 126 cu. ft. of interior space.

    No idea why Volvo would opt for a coupe and a 4 seater.
    No news about Karma Revero.

    Anyway I hope this sells wells and adds some # to the dashboard.

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