Polestar 1 Limited Due To Intricate Build Process

2 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 7

Polestar 1

Annual output will be of only 500 cars.

Originally envisaged to become a member of the Volvo “90” series, the plug-in hybrid coupe has blossomed to usher in the Polestar standalone brand. You won’t be seeing a lot of them on the streets once production will kick off in mid-2019 because only 500 cars are going to be made each year. Why? In a nutshell, it has to do with its complex construction.

Polestar 1

Specifically, the high-performance model will feature a carbon fiber body that will have to be bonded on to a shortened configuration of the steel platform used for the Volvo S90 sedan. In charge of assembling the high-tech Polestar 1 will be the workers at a brand new factory currently being built in Chengdu, China. The plant is being constructed to be one of the most efficient in the world and will be a part of a bigger complex set to encompass a customer test track as well as a customer experience center.

With production of the 600-horsepower coupe being so small, it means Polestar won’t be making any real money until it will launch its second production model. Arriving towards the end of the decade, the Polestar 2 will be a fully electric compact sedan that will be targeted more to the mainstream.

Later in the next decade, the portfolio will grow to include the Polestar 3, which is shaping up to be a Model X-rivaling crossover (aren’t they all?) with an all-electric powertrain. Further down the line, a zero-emissions convertible called Polestar 4 might happen to spice up the range.

Meanwhile, the Polestar 1 will become the most powerful car ever built in China, according to company CEO, Thomas Ingenlath. At the same time, it’s going to be the plug-in hybrid with a very long electric range, at 93 miles (150 kilometers – NEDC).

Source: Automotive News

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7 responses to "Polestar 1 Limited Due To Intricate Build Process"

  1. Dav8or says:

    Neat. An exclusive, limited production Chinese car for rich people. Wow… that’s so cool…

    I’m excited…

    Can’t wait…

    At least it looks good…

    1. Tom breihoff says:

      Rich people deserve these cars for all they bring to society.

      1. Jacked Beanstalk says:

        “For all they bring to society.”

        LOL, most rich people aren’t any smarter or better than the average middle class person. I’ve met quite a few rich guys who are selfish and dumber than a sack of hammers. Our current president is a good example.

  2. Daniel says:

    Only 500 of these that too by mid 2019!! Are they joking?I hope by that time Tesla eats up every other car manufacturer.

    1. gary says:

      “I hope by that time Tesla eats up every other car manufacturer.”

      You really only want one car manufacturer to survive?
      More choices and more manufacturers producing EV’s is a GOOD thing. You may be loyal to Tesla and purchase only what they offer, but having competition will make ALL EV’s better and more diverse.

  3. Thomas J. Thias says:

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  4. Don Zenga says:

    In a market where everyone are moving towards crossovers, there is no market for this coupe.

    Instead of acknowledging that, the automaker says that they can build only 500 cars/year.

    Good excuse.
    Even if its true, now you know how much difficulty Tesla would have faced in ramping up Model 3

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