The Polestar 1 is a 600-horsepower hybrid sports coupe from Volvo
18 October, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Jan Cross
Volvo has announced that it is to invest £570m to establish its newPolestar green performance brand, which has just launched its first vehicle, the Polestar 1. Although the 1 is built on the same SPA platform that underpins Volvo's 90-series cars (S90, V90, and XC90), Polestar engineers snipped 7.9 inches from the rear overhang and 12.6 inches from the wheelbase to create the two-door. In addition, it would have a range of 150kms on pure electric power alone - the longest full electric range of any hybrid auto on the market.
The Polestar 1 is a performance electric hybrid, but with the longest pure electric range of any hybrid auto in the world, we consider it an electric vehicle with support from an internal combustion engine.
Volvo unveiled Tuesday the Polestar 1, the first model of its new electric brand.
Here it is, the very first standalone auto from Polestar, Volvo's performance arm. An all-electric Polestar model targeting the Tesla Model 3 is now in development, the company said. The subscription is "all-inclusive" with a single monthly payment that includes valet service for maintenance visits as well as the ability to rent alternative vehicles from within the Volvo and Polestar range as your circumstances dictate.
The Polestar 1 will be followed in short order by two more models, to be named as (wait for it...) the Polestar 2 and Polestar 3.
Intrigued? Polestar expects to start taking "expressions of interest" from customers on October 17, 2017.
Production of the Polestar 1 will take place at a new Chinese production facility in 2018-Chinese automaker Geely owns Volvo Group and its associated brands. Fitted to the rear axle is a double-electric motor system driving both rear wheels through a planetary gear set to produce 218bhp.
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The Polestar 1 has a host of new technologies, all aimed at making it a true driver's ca and is the world's first vehicle to be fitted with the all-new class-leading Ohlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) advanced chassis technology.
Polestar 3 will be a fully electric SUV. That allows for the use of more batteries and to improve the Polestar 1 performance characteristics.
Do you plan to go electric in the next few years? Polestar 1 also uses a carbon-fiber body said to cut weight, provide a low center of gravity and increase torsional rigidity by 45%.
Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said; "Polestar 1 is the first auto to carry the Polestar on the bonnet".
Set to rival cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and the Lexus LC, it's not yet known if the auto Polestar will reveal will be ready for production or be simply a concept.
Interested customers can order and configure their Polestar cars online via a Polestar app or online portal.
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