Volvo's new Polestar offshoot blazing electric trail

Polestar 1 OFFICIALLY revealed- and it IS a STUNNING 600bhp Volvo Coupe

The Scandinavian automaker unveiled the Polestar 1 on Tuesday at an event in Shanghai, announcing it will go on sale mid-2019 but are limited to 500 units per year. Now, someone has made a decision to explore the idea of a dreamy convertible by chopping off the fixed metal roof. It's available for pre-order now and slated to "roll off the production line in mid-2019", Volvo said. They will include the battery-powered Polestar 2 compact set to debut in late 2019, followed by the Polestar 3, a large, sporty full-electric SUV due in 2021.

Polestar 1 also received a phone-as-key ("phone as a key") which allows you to open the vehicle using the app on the smartphone. It will be a mid-sized, battery-electric vehicle, competing with Tesla's Model 3. Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, added, "Polestar 1 is the first vehicle to carry the Polestar on the bonnet". According to The Verge, the Polestar 1 is capable of churning out 600 horsepower through its gasoline-hybrid powertrain, and it is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine.

Polestar is now building a new, state-of-the-art production facility in Chengdu, China, part of a US$750 million investment from Volvo and Geely Holding. The auto is based on Volvo's Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) however Polestar claims that their engineers have modified nearly 50% of the platform.

The ordering and configuration of Polestar cars will be conducted online via a Polestar app or online portal.




Volvo and parent company Geely intend for Polestar and Volvo to collaborate and develop synergies that will benefit both.

Polestar will also open dedicated spaces, that will give a preview, test drive and demonstrate the Polestar cars. The $756 million dollar investment will bolster the early phases of Polestar's product lineup and industrial footprint. Polestar will offer its vehicles via two- to three-year subscriptions. The zero-deposit, all-inclusive subscription will also add features such as pick-up and delivery servicing and the ability to rent alternative vehicles within the Volvo and Polestar range, all incorporated into one monthly payment.

It allows the owner to share a virtual key with a third party, and also enables access to a host of other on-demand features.

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