Volvo’s Polestar brand is assembling prototypes of its first plug

Polestar has started assembling verification prototypes of its upcoming plug-in hybrid sports car as Volvo’s standalone electric performance brand prepares to produce customer cars next year.

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Verification prototypes of the Polestar 1 vehicle, which are built largely by hand, mark the’first testing phase for production. The vehicles will’be crashed and driven through different kinds of weather and on-road conditions ‘ the kinds of tests that help engineers identify problems and tune the car.

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That equipment will be transferred to its new’factory in Chengdu, China, where customer cars will be produced.

Polestar plans to start production of the Polestar 1 in mid-2019, according to’Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. The company has said it will produce 200 Polestar 1 vehicles in the first full year of production. All of those’$155,000 vehicles, which are destined for North America, have already been sold.

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Polestar 1 prototypes enter production

Prototypes of the’Polestar 1 hybrid coup’‘are currently being produced in Gothenburg, Sweden, ahead of the car entering production in China next year.’

A total of 34 road-going prototypes are to be hand-built for weather testing, on-road appraisal and crash testing to prepare the car for full production and sale to the public.’

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said: ‘The assembly of the VP [verification prototype] cars means that the Polestar 1 has taken its next step towards production.

First Polestar 1 prototypes go into production in Sweden

The first prototype versions of the upcoming Polestar 1 have gone into production as they get ready for their road verification processes, including crash tests, weather testing and driving assessments.

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Volvo’s Polestar brand, which has been assigned to provide electrified performance vehicles kicking off with the 1, is planning to hit the road in 34 prototypes soon. Unlike the customer cars which will go into production next year, these prototypes are being manufactured at a specialised facility in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Polestar, the startup performance and electric vehicle sub-brand from Volvo, has announced its retailing plan which will emphasize a digital sales experience as well as a subscription approach to ownership.

‘Launching an entirely new car brand gives us the opportunity to assess what customers enjoy about car ownership and what they are less keen on,’ said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of the brand. ‘we also want to remove the hassle from traditional car ownership. The customer will be able to research, configure and order their car online. They can choose our innovative subscription model that enables them to have all their motors costs covered by one single monthly payment.’

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