Polestar first model is a plug-in hybrid with up to 150 km of electric range
By: Fedora Atjeh | Oktober 17, 2017
After a long wait full of teasers, Polestar presents its first model, the Polestar 1, a coupe that will be the first of the three vehicles that they intend to launch in the near future. It is a plug-in hybrid capable of running 150 kilometers in electric mode and will reach production by mid-2019, although it can be booked from today.
Styled by the Volvo Car Group brand as an Electric Performance Hybrid, it combines a four-cylinder Volvo Drive-E engine with two electric motors, and is the most autonomous plug-in hybrid to date. The set develops 608 hp and a maximum torque of 1,000 Nm.
The Polestar 1 is a 2 + 2 coupé with two doors and 4.5 meters long, compared to the 5.15 meters of the Volvo S90. For this the battle has been cut in 32 centimeters and the back in 20 centimeters.
The model, which opens the doors to the Polestar brand, is based on Volvo's Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) platform, although it only shares 50% of components with other Volvo models and is currently known to produce shall be limited to 500 units per year. Polestar considers it, more than a hybrid, an "electric supported by a thermal engine".
The drive system consists of a Volvo Drive-E 2.0 liter petrol engine and two electric motors, one for each wheel of the rear axle, connected between them by planetary gears and with included torque vector control system. In electric mode (Pure mode), the model is a rear-wheel drive that offers 221 hp of power. With the three engines working in unison, the result is those 608 hp and 1,000 Nm.
In addition to propulsion, Polestar has wanted to work hard on the chassis, which features the latest generation of Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension Öhlins Shock Absorbers (CESi) for the first time in a standard car. They are characterized by an electronic valve capable of varying the behavior of the damper depending on each situation, although the driver can also choose the desired mode.
In addition, the Polestar 1 has a body made of carbon fiber, which according to the brand is up to 230 kilograms lighter and 45% more rigid. The weight distribution is 48% on the front axle and 52% on the rear, and the brake system manufactured by Akebono includes 400 mm front discs with six piston calipers.
One of the most curious facts about all future Polestar is that they will be marketed through a monthly subscription model, meaning that customers will pay a monthly fee and, according to the brand itself, will not have to worry about depreciation, insurance or the maintenance of the car, since it will be all inclusive. This is a two or three year contract, at the end of which the customer returns the car and receives a new one (and the old car will go to another customer).
In addition, there will be other services available (paid separately) such as access to a larger car for family trips, for example, and everything controlled from a smartphone application, a device that can also serve as a digital key and that the owner can " to third parties, ie giving them access to the car (to a mechanic or a valet, for example).
Lastly, it should be noted that all Polestar transactions can be made online, so the customer interested in booking a vehicle test or contracting services, can do so without having to go to a dealership. And speaking of dealers, Polestar will launch in early 2019 a network of physical stores (outside of Volvo) where customers can know the product first hand. Maintenance, however, can be done at any Volvo dealer or workshop.
Future models of Polestar will all feature fully electric propulsion systems. The second after Polestar 1 will, of course, be the Polestar 2, a medium-sized model to compete with the Tesla Model 3, which will begin production in late 2019 and will be the first pure electric vehicle of the Volvo Group. It will be the one with the highest production volume of the three.
The next or Polestar 3 is still in the design phase, but we know that it is a large SUV (and completely electric, clear) and its production volume will be between its two range brothers.
The new Polestar 1 will be manufactured in China (thanks to a joint venture with two companies of its parent group, Zhejiang Geely Holding), in a new production facility in Chengdu that will be ready by mid-2018. tests, dealership and a campus for customers to know their cars.