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Volvo’s Former Performance Division Reveals Electric Polestar 1

October 19, 2017

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The new Polestar 1 hybrid vehicle

You might not have heard about Polestar, but this new car maker has been born out of Volvo’s performance division that recently repositioned itself as a standalone performance electric car brand.

The resemblance to Volvo is clear in the styling of the Polestar 1, the company’s first vehicle, but that is where the similarities end. Even though the Polestar 1 is a hybrid vehicle, Polestar has Tesla firmly in its crosshairs as it plans to focus on fully-electric luxury vehicles with its future models.

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Polestar 1 hybrid | Front

The Polestar 1 is a beautiful two-door coupe that looks a little like Volvo’s 2013 Concept Coupe. The vehicle is partially based on the SPA platform underpinning Volvo’s 90-series cars as well as the recently released XC60. About 50% of the car’s hardware is derived from Volvo’s SPA while the other half represents a joint effort between Polestar and Volvo specifically for this new product.

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Polestar 1 hybrid | Rear

The Polestar 1 features a hybrid setup that provides an astonishing 440 kW and 1,000 Nm of torque. This power combined with carbon fibre body that sheds 230kg off the body weight and increases torsional stiffness by 45 percent, makes this car a performance beast!

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The new Polestar 1 hybrid vehicle

Although all future Polestars will be fully electric, the Polestar 1 is a plug-in hybrid with a battery pack has enough juice for 150 kilometres. According to Polestar their sporty coupe has the biggest electric range of any production hybrid out there.

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Polestar 1 hybrid | Rear side

Production of the Polestar 1 is scheduled to commence sometime in 2019 at a brand new factory in Chengdu, China that will be completed by mid-2018. In 2019 Polestar plans to launch a smaller model called the Polestar 2 to take on the Tesla Model 3. This will be the first fully electric vehicle launched by the Volvo Car Group.

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Polestar 1 hybrid | Interior

Polestar plans to sell their vehicles online with a two- or three-year subscription plan, while cars will be showcased at dedicated showrooms, called ‘Polestar Spaces’.

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The new Polestar 1 hybrid | Rear

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