Carmakers everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to keep up with the Tesla hype. Chinese-owned VOLVO believes it now has an answer, but it’s not what you think.
Instead of just producing electric cars under the VOLVO brand, the car manufacturer has decided to turn its tuning arm, Polestar, into the brand and manufacturer behind its new range of electric cars.
The Polestar 1 was debuted in Shanghai and the car, producing 600 HP, will be Polestar’s top model going forward. In four years, VOLVO projects to have three separate models, which will serve a range of customers from low to high-end.
From an external design standpoint, not much separates the Polestar 1 from its VOLVO counterparts, however, Polestar boss Thomas Ingenlath suggested taking a different approach to design in the future and forging a separate identity.
utfitted with much of the typical modern Volvo technology, the Polestar 1 hybrid takes what the company does best and rejuvenates it in one powerful way. Crafted using the Scalable Product Architecture responsible for the XC90, XC60 and the other contemporary 60- and 90- series creations. The Drive-E twin-engine powertrain that propels several other new generation rides — such as the T8 — can also be found within the Polestar 1 Hybrid; when it comes to technological advances, this one runs the gamut.
The new “halo car for Volvo’s new performance marque,” this two-door grand tourer coupe boasts 600 horsepower and 737 foot-pounds of torque — all of which come from a “plug-in hybrid powertrain.” Half of the Polestar 1 Hybrid is “new and bespoke,” all thanks to some of Volvo’s most talented engineering minds. The car is 14-feet and 9-inches in length, with a “Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension,” an interior that closely resembles an S90, a Sensus information system and many more unique, interesting features.
Concerning its raw power, a dfour-cylinder Drive-E engine — also from Volvo’s current crop — and dual electric motors with 218 horsepower drive the rear wheels through planetary gears. For those behind the wheel, its electric strength will allow you to hit 90 miles, making this the “longest-range PHEV” out there.
“The Polestar 1 bridges today’s technology with the future,” explains Polestar CEO Thomas Ingelath.
Polestar’s vehicles can only be purchased through two- and three- year subscriptions; insurance and maintenance are included. The Polestar 1 order book can be checked out today, while production will go live in in mid-2019
In a surprising twist, Ingenlath has said these cars will be produced in a new factory at a clip of around 500 a year, but will not be sold. Customers will lease the cars on a flat-rate basis. Exact details have yet to be released.