Polestar is Volvo’s new dedicated brand of premium plug-in electric cars. The brand’s first offering is the Polestar 1, which begins production in mid-2019. It’s a high-performance, ultra-luxe plug-in hybrid providing more than 90 miles of all-electric range. With that amount range, the Polestar 1 would effectively drive like an all-electric car on most days. But for longer trips, the Polestar 1 will deploy a hefty combination of its 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged engine, two 163-kW motors, and a single 35-kW integrated starter/generator to produce more than 600 horsepower.
That’s supercar territory – and the Polestar 1 will have a corresponding price tag of $155,000. Annual production will be limited to 500 units.
The idea is for the Polestar 1 to create a splash for the brand, thus paving the way for the Polestar 2 in 2020. The Polestar 2 will be the brand’s breakout EV, a 300-mile four-door electric fastback with a price tag of around $50,000.
BATTERY: 34 kWh
RANGE: 90 miles (plus gas)
BASE PRICE: $155,000