Polestar 1 Enters Final Prototype Stage Before Production
Electric performance car brand Polestar announced that its Polestar 1 electric car, its first ever model, is entering its final prototype state before heading to production. The automaker said that customers have begun the process of confirming their final specs as the electric performance hybrid Polestar 1 heads toward production.
The Polestar 1 is being built at the newly built Polestar Production Center in Chengdu, China. The assembly plant is in its final stages of completion and is due to be inaugurated later in 2019.
The new factory is currently producing tooling test cars (TT), which are the final prototype vehicles before pre-production before the final design starts offing off the assembly line to awaiting customers. Polestar is working to avoid some of the production missteps that plagued Tesla when it started building the mass-market Model 3 in July 2017 that delayed its rollout.
According to Polestar, the TT prototype series is used to fine-tune production methods and for evaluation of tooling implementation on the assembly line, ensuring that the manufacturing and assembly processes work as intended, before final production begins. Polestar said it built around 50 TT units so far.
"It's great to see how we have progressed from showing the Polestar 1 for the first time in 2017, to now having our beautiful new manufacturing facility up and running with the TT cars being tested in and around the plant," says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar.
He added, "Now we enable our loyal customers to secure their final specification for their car, knowing that we are going to give them an awesome GT that is built to the highest levels of quality, fit and finish."
The high-performance electric-hybrid Polestar 1
Polestar is one of several new electric automakers gearing up to compete with Tesla. The electric performance car brand is jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and China's Zhejiang Geely Holding. Geely is the parent company of automaker Volvo.
Polestar launched as a new brand in 2017 with the Polestar 1, a low-volume ultra high-performance hybrid GT with 600 horsepower and 737 ft lbs (1,000 Nm) of torque with an all-electric driving range of 150 km (93 miles), which Polestar says is the longest of any hybrid car in the world.
The Polestar 1 is uniquely designed. It uses two electric motors to drive the rear wheels and a gasoline engine to drive the front wheels. The gasoline engine is both supercharged and turbocharged for a higher level of performance.
In 2019, the Polestar 2 was revealed as the company's first fully-electric, high-volume premium car designed to compete with the likes of the Tesla Model 3. Unlike the hybrid Polestar 1, the Polestar 2 will be fully-electric like Tesla's models with a price tag of around $40,000. The first deliveries to customers are set to begin in July 2020.
The company is also planning to offer a fully electric performance SUV called the Polestar 3 in the future.
The Polestar 2
Polestar also applies its advanced technology to electrify models from its Volvo brand. The automaker said that the new Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 T8 model engineered by Polestar feature Polestar components designed to create a more engaging driving experience.
Last month, Polestar confirmed that leading EV battery producers CATL and LG Chem will supply the batteries for the company's electric performance cars, as part of multi-billion dollar agreements signed by Volvo Car Group.
The agreements cover the supply of lithium ion battery modules for the forthcoming global portfolio of Polestar models over the coming decade, starting with the Polestar 2 in 2020.
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