The Polestar 1 is a 600bhp hybrid BMW M4 rival

Terry Joseph
October 20, 2017

Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said; "Polestar 1 is the first auto to carry the Polestar on the bonnet". In this application, the internal combustion unit powers the front axle.

"The flat rate subscription means that having a Polestar vehicle becomes a hassle free experience for the customer", said Volvo, which opens the Polestar 1 order book globally today.

Taking a leaf out of BMW i's book, and offsetting a good chunk of the battery weight, are carbonfibre body panels that Polestar claims reduces bodyweight by a 230kg, and usefully lower the centre of gravity. Volvo says the vehicle should have a 90-mile range on electric power alone, but didn't give zero to 60 times or top speed.

The next Polestar, however, is going to be a Tesla Model 3 competitor - a mid-sized electric sedan - which should enter production two years from now, while the third one will be an electric SUV/crossover slotting between the previous two in terms of price.

In fact, the entire platform is the same "SPA" architecture as the S90, but with around 50 per cent new parts, 320mm chopped from the wheelbase and another 200mm lopped off the rear. Combined with the 4-cylinder engine, the Polestar 1 will put out 600 bhp of peak power and 1000 Nm of peak torque.

"In electric high-performance cars there are a lot of companies now in this start-up arena, so we will have company", he said in Shanghai.

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The Tesla 3 has a starting price of around $35,000 ($26,400). The Polestar 2 is in the engineering stage and is slated to begin production in late 2019. It is not an all-electric vehicle, which means this particular vehicle might not become the Tesla killer that others have suggested. The design is now being locked in.

Monthly payments will cover servicing, as well as the ability to rent other Polestar and Volvo models.

Prospective customers won't actually be able to buy a Polestar 1: the company will make the vehicle available only through a two- or three-year subscription service similar to a lease but managed through a phone app. Everything is ordered online.

Customers will also be able to have extended use of larger Volvo cars for use at home and while away, along with being able to book a auto wash and valet at a convenient time. The ruling applies to domestic automakers, as well. And if you're seriously up to date on your Volvo knowledge, you'll be aware that Volvo and its parent company Geely just pumped €640 million into Polestar to make it an innovative, electric performance brand.

This option is not mentioned anywhere else in the company's website or press release (and would seem to clearly contradict them), so we have no idea what it will take, monetarily or otherwise, to buy a Polestar 1 outright.

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