Polestar 1 – Stunning Photos & Videos From Geneva

MAR 11 2018 BY MARK KANE 15

The Polestar 1, which is the halo car for the Polestar brand, was one of the stars of the Geneva Motor Show.

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As there are already thousands raisehanders, the March 13 (pre-orders open) appears as though it will be an unlucky day for most of them, because only 500 are to be made annually. Production is to begin in mid-2019.

With one of the biggest batteries in plug-in hybrid (34 kWh), Polestar 1 will offer up to 150 km (93 miles) of all-electric range.

That’s in theory, as most of the drivers probably will enjoy the performance so much that they will not achieve that range result.

The best news about the Polestar 1 is that it will be the last PHEV for the brand and all of the following models will be all-electric.

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Polestar 1 specs:

  • 34 kWh battery for up to 150 km (93 miles) of all-electric range
  • System output: 600 hp and 1000 Nm (a petrol engine and the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) driving front wheels and two electric motors driving the rear wheels). Electric motors are rated at 80 kW (109 hp) each, while ISG at 34 kW (46 hp).

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Press release:

POLESTAR 1 MAKES EUROPEAN DEBUT AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

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Polestar, the new electric performance brand, has introduced the Polestar 1 to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show. The European debut follows its global media reveal in Shanghai, China, in late 2017.

“This is the public launch of the new Polestar 1, and our new electric performance brand. Electromobility is the main focus of today’s automotive industry, and Polestar is at the centre of this development, introducing world-class electrified cars and ground-breaking, customer-focussed services and offers,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar.

“To date, we have received interest from over 6,000 potential customers wanting the Polestar 1 – a number which began gathering momentum from the moment the car was revealed. With our current plans to produce 500 cars per year, it’s possible that we have exceeded our production potential in these early stages. This positive reception to Polestar 1 really encourages us that our ‘Pure, Progressive, Performance’ brand proposition resonates very well with customers.”

Polestar will open pre-orders for the Polestar 1 at 08:00 CET on 13 March 2018 with a request to the list of potential customers to pay a fully-refundable deposit of €2,500. Pre-orders will open in the six initial launch markets announced in January, including China, the United States, Sweden, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. An additional 12 new markets for Polestar 1 have been added and will open for pre-orders simultaneously, including Switzerland, the UK, Belgium, Finland, France, Poland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Portugal and Canada.

“We will open pre-ordering of the Polestar 1 to eighteen markets which covers around 95 per cent of the geographical interest from potential Polestar 1 customers,” continued Thomas Ingenlath. “The deposit acts as a placeholder in the Polestar 1 queue and we are excited to see how the initial response translates into pre-orders.”

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The Polestar consumer experience is based on a new subscription model, where customers will be able to subscribe to their Polestar car for two or three years. Linked to a host of connected and on-demand benefits like pick-up and delivery servicing, the no-deposit, all-inclusive subscription model has been designed to take the traditional hassle out of vehicle ownership with one monthly fee that includes sundries like insurance and maintenance, and allows the customer to focus on the enjoyment of driving. Customers will also be able to purchase the Polestar 1 outright if desired.

The Geneva Motor Show also marks the start of a world tour for the Polestar 1. Other regional reveal events are planned in China, the United States and elsewhere in Europe, which will allow customers, potential subscribers and brand fans to see the new Polestar 1 in key markets in the build up to the start of production in mid-2019. Development at the new Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China, is progressing with suitable pace. Having broken ground in November 2017, construction is on track for tooling installation and pre-production to begin as planned towards the end of 2018.

“The beautiful new Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu will become our manufacturing hub and the centre of Polestar manufacturing operations,” said Jonathan Goodman, Chief Operations Officer of Polestar. “With its Scandinavian design principles, expertly executed by Snøhetta of Norway, and its roots quite literally set in one of our main markets, the Polestar Production Centre not only serves as the birthplace of all Polestar 1 cars, but also a brand experience facility with a dedicated test track and other client-focused facilities which contribute to the world-class Polestar customer experience.”

The Polestar 1 is an Electric Performance Hybrid 2+2 GT coupé which produces 600 horsepower and 1,000 Nm of torque, as well as 150 km of pure electric driving range – the longest of any hybrid car in the world.

The Electric Performance Hybrid powertrain features an internal combustion engine powering the front wheels, while a double electric rear axle drive system powers the rear wheels from a total of 34 kWh of battery power. In combination, the Polestar 1 is an electric vehicle with the benefits of an internal combustion engine to supplement the electric drive over long distances when required.

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15 Comments on "Polestar 1 – Stunning Photos & Videos From Geneva"

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Mark

sad that none of them has learned the only way to go is skateboard style.

DJ

What’s a raisehander and should I be scared there are thousands of them?

Get Real

Not as terrified as you should be of the hundreds of thousands of Model 3 reservation holders!

Bar

So many switches and knobs.

The driver’s door alone has more switches than a Model 3.

John Doe

I love switches, if the layout is ergonomical.
Can feel and operate the switch without looking at it. Just like a computer keyboard.
I feel it is effective for many things.

Mark.ca

Next time you go for a drive film yourself, you will see you look at the buttons you touch just as much as a screen you would. It’s definitely in your head. The future is definitely a less crowded board and a bigger emphasis on voice.

Derek

I think future Tesla vehicles will incorporate more switches and knobs, because people like them.

Mark.ca

Ask the TS owners, see what they say. You should drive one too so you don’t look as stupid.

Davek

Wow, what’s with the uncivil tone, dude?

jimjfox

+1 Someone made a stupid reMark.ca

Davek

Hahaha, good one 😀

Davek

Yes! I love physical buttons! I mean, there’s no reason to overdo it, but functions that I’m always going to need (volume, climate etc.) should always be there and easy to operate with gloves. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of what Tesla is doing and I’m glad that there’s still someone making interesting cars, but I’m waiting for something with a more conventional and functional interior. And Volvo proves that that can still be beautiful.

David

That’s a Volvo

John Doe

Yeah, and I like the Volvo front, and interior better. Not that it is so much different.

jimjfox

“STUNNING”!!!!!!!
I’m not in the least stunned except by the most overused superlative EVER.