A subsidiary Volvo introduced its first vehicle

Frederick Owens
October 20, 2017

Not only did the Volvo Coupe look stunning, it showed that Volvo had truly moved on from staid design to a bright new future of cool Scandi appeal.

It is the first of three planned models to be built at a new purpose-built production facility in China. Polestar unveiled the 600bhp Polestar 1, its first auto, which is set to roll off the production line in mid-2019.

"The Polestar 1 is a performance electric hybrid, but with the longest pure electric range of any hybrid auto in the world, we consider it an electric vehicle with support from an internal combustion engine", Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath explains.

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Polestar started out as a performance brand that tuned Volvo cars.

The Polestar 2, meanwhile, is expected to go into production in late 2019. An electric auto supported by an internal combustion engine, it has a range of 150km on pure electric power alone-the longest full electric range of any hybrid vehicle in the market. It can deliver up to 600 horsepower and 1000Nm of torque, placing it "firmly in the performance auto segment", Volvo said.

As with the 1, both machines are likely to draw heavily on Volvo architecture and technology. It has developed a carbon fiber body, which Volvo says cuts some 507 lb (230 kg) of total weight while boosting torsional stiffness by 45 percent and lowering center of gravity. The double electric axle will also deliver torque vectoring capabilities, helping the 1 power through the curves. This supports the driver with precise acceleration on each wheel to keep the maximum road grip and maintain speed while cornering. Now under construction, the facility is due for completion in mid-2018.

Also in Polestar's near-term plans are the mid-size battery electric Polestar 2, which will be positioned to compete with the Tesla Model 3. Cars will only be ordered online and offered on a two-to-three-year subscription basis, with no deposit. Polestar expects that most customers would use the vehicle in electric mode only for most of the trips. That gives the vehicle the record for longest fully electric range amongst available hybrid cars. The initial phase of the Polestar product roll out will then be completed by the larger SUV-style BEV-Polestar 3.

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