Polestar To Electrify Future Volvo Vehicles
Polestar, the high performance tuning arm of Volvo, has made it known that it intends to electrify future Volvo models:
“Future performance Volvos are set to feature electric rear axles and could even be diesel-powered, Polestar boss Hans Baath has revealed to Autocar.”
Polestar makes some of the hottest daily drivers in existence, so why the move towards electrification?
“No engine in Volvo’s new Drive-E engine family – developed with Polestar’s involvement – will be larger than a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit…”
Reports Autocar. Which means that Polestar will have to find performance enhancers beyond the engine. To obtain the necessary boost, Autocar states:
“Expect future Polestar models to be four-wheel drive, with highly tuned four-pot Drive-E engines powering the front wheels and an electric motor and battery pack sending drive to the rear axle.”
Polestar boss Hans Baath adds:
“Power output [of the smaller engines] is not a problem – there’s so much ‘green’ technology that is from racing, such as low friction and roller cams – and electrification is logical because low-end torque is the weak spot in downsized engines. It’s also interesting that we can use electrification to produce four-wheel-drive Volvo models.”
Once again, electrification proves to be the way forward. In order to achieve desired performance and low emissions, some form of electrification appears necessary.