Polestar Versions Of Plug-In Hybrid Volvo S90 and V90 In The Works
S90 will be offered in V90 estate variant, too.
Polestar editions were announced by top management at Volvo:
Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson said:
“How we bring the brand to market is open, but one way we are definitely looking at is for Polestar to focus on electrification.”
Volvo’s R&D chief Peter Mertens revealed the following to Autocar:
“Polestar will still be sophisticated performance; it’s not just a case of doing a ‘boy racer’ by dropping a big engine in there. Hybrid power is the direction that Polestar will go in. In a way, Tesla has legitimised electric performance, although Polestar will be more sophisticated again. We want to be able to offer high performance without regrets.”
Volvo UK managing director Nick Connor commented:
“Polestar optimising the T8 hybrid powertrain would be very interesting. That would present a very interesting technical solution, with the ultimate power being combined with an environmental powertrain.”
“Look at what Tesla have done with things like Ludicrous mode. The Tesla Model S isn’t a performance car, but by adding in elements of performance they have got people talking about it as if it is.”
It’s not clear what to expect from Polestar of the T8 hybrid powertrain optimized for performance. They could always use larger motors with more kW of power, but maybe someone will decide to use more kWh of energy (6.7 kWh usable from 9.2 kWh total isn’t much for a car of this size).