Polestar’s first vehicle has started rolling off the brand’s assembly line in Chengdu, China. The Polestar 1 will start arriving in customer driveways later this year.
The Polestar 1 is a plug-in hybrid coupe with a carbon fiber body and 600 horsepower under the hood. In fact, the car is powered by a four-cylinder engine that features both supercharging and turbocharging, which is paired with an electric motor mounted at the rear of the car. The combined output is 600 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Polestar also says to expect about 93 miles of EV range, but that is not rated by the EPA yet.
Production of the car is starting at Polestar’s all-new assembly plant in Chengdu. The plant was designed by Swedish architect Snohetta and features a customer experience center and observation deck.
Because of the Polestar 1’s carbon fiber body, production is limited to 500 copies per year for now. Polestar’s parent Volvo says it is willing to increase production of the Polestar 1 if demand is there to justify it. Given the Polestar 1 starts at about $155,000, demand may not crest much higher than the current level.
While the Polestar 1 is the first Polestar product, the Polestar 2 compact car will arrive in early 2020. Polestar will follow up with a third new product in 2022, the Polestar 3 battery-electric SUV.