Volvo’s Polestar brand is assembling prototypes of its first plug-in hybrid sports car



Polestar has started constructing verification prototypes of its own upcoming plug-in hybrid as Volvo’s standalone electrical performance manufacturer prepares to generate client cars next year.

Verification prototypes of this Polestar 1 vehicle, that can be built largely by hand, mark the initial testing phase for production. The vehicles will soon be crashed and driven through different sorts of weather and on-road requirements — the sorts of evaluations which help engineers identify issues and tune the car.

The business plans to build 34 of these vehicles at a prototype production facility in Gothenburg, Sweden. Polestar will likely pay particular attention to how the carbon-fiber body of the car stays up under testing. This is the first time that a brand in the Volvo Car Group has explored carbon fiber construction, based on Polestar, which noted that the business needed to create new equipment and utilize new construction methods.

Polestar 1 verification prototype

That equipment will be transferred into its new factory in Chengdu, China, where customer automobiles will be generated.

Polestar plans to start production of their Polestar 1 at mid-2019, based on Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. The business has said that it will create 200 Polestar 1 vehicles at the very first full year of generation. All of those $155,000 vehicles, that might be destined for North America, have been sold.

Polestar was once a high tech manufacturer under Volvo Cars. In 2017, the business was recast as an electrical performance manufacturer aimed at creating exciting and fun-to-drive electrical vehicles — a market that Tesla was the first to fulfill and has dominated ever since.  Volvo has said it plans to spend more than $750 million into Polestar.

The Polestar 1 is the very first version of the electrical brand. On the other hand, that the Polestar 1 isn’t a pure electric car; it’s plug-in hybrid with three electric motors powered by twin 34 kilowatt-hour battery packs and a turbo and supercharged gas V4 front.

Ingenlath views this initial model as a “bridge” to pure EVs. The Polestar 2 is going to be the business first all-electric vehicle and is designed to compete with Tesla Model 3. The Polestar 2 will be shown first in 2019, together with production starting a year after.

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