Polestar may not be a name you are too familiar with. It currently acts as Volvo’s performance arm. The name was recently revealed as a new standalone electric car brand. Also confirmed are plans for its first three models, the first of which is the Polestar 1, to be manufactured Chengdu, China, at a plant that completes construction in mid-2018.
The Polestar 1 will be a halo model – a two-door, 2+2 seat GT with an ‘Electric Performance Hybrid’ drivetrain and an expected price tag of over £100,000. Capable of delivering 93miles of pure electric power alone offers the longest full electric range of any hybrid car on the market. Its output of 600hp and 1000Nm of torque places the car firmly in the performance car segment.
Polestar’s technology and products will borrow heavily from the Volvo Car Group, helping Polestar to accelerate design, development and production processes at a fraction of the time it takes other new entrants.
Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said;
“Polestar 1 is the first car to carry the Polestar on the bonnet. A beautiful GT with amazing technology packed into it – a great start for our new Polestar brand. All future cars from Polestar will feature a fully electric drivetrain, delivering on our brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand.”
The Polestar 1 is based upon Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) but approximately 50% is new and bespoke. The link with Volvo is certainly clear in both the exterior and interior design, similar in appearance to a Volvo S90 saloon.
To reinforce its dynamic driving characteristics, Polestar 1 benefits from a host of new technologies, all aimed at making it a true driver’s car. Polestar 1 is the world’s first car to be fitted with the all-new class-leading Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) advanced chassis technology.
A carbon fibre body reduces bodyweight and improves torsional stiffness by 45%, as well as lowering the cars’ centre of gravity. Additionally, Polestar 1 uses a double electric rear axle which enables torque vectoring. This supports the driver with precise acceleration on each wheel to keep the maximum road grip and maintain speed while cornering.
All future cars from Polestar will have a fully electric powertrain. Polestar 2 will start production later in 2019 and will be the first full electric car from the Volvo Car Group. The mid-sized model aims to compete with the Tesla Model 3, and with consequently higher volumes than Polestar 1. The initial phase of the Polestar product roll out will then be completed by the subsequent arrival of a the larger pure electric SUV-style Polestar 3.