Volvos Polestar brand is assembling prototypes of its first plug-in hybrid sports car

Polestar has started assembling verification prototypes of its upcoming plug-in hybrid sports car as Volvos standalone electric performance brand prepares to produce customer cars next year.
Verification prototypes of the Polestar 1 vehicle, which are built largely by hand, mark thefirst testing phase for production. The vehicles willbe crashed and driven through different kinds of weather and on-road conditions the kinds of tests that help engineers identify problems and tune the car.
The company plans to build 34 of these vehicles at a prototype production facility in Gothenburg, Sweden. Polestar will likely pay particular attention to how the carbon-fiber body of the vehicle holds up under testing. This is the firsttime that a brand in the Volvo Car Group has explored carbon fiber construction, according to Polestar, which noted that the company had todevelop new equipment and use new construction techniques.
Volvos Polestar brand is assembling prototypes of its first plug-in hybrid sports car

That equipment will be transferred to its newfactory in Chengdu, China, where customer cars will be produced.
Polestar plans to start production of the Polestar 1 in mid-2019, according toPolestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. The company has said it will produce 200 Polestar 1 vehicles in the first full year of production. All of those$155,000 vehicles, which are destined for North America, have already been sold.
Polestar was once a high-performance brand under Volvo Cars. In 2017, the company was recast as anelectric performance brand aimed at producing exciting and fun-to-drive electric vehicles a niche that Tesla was the first to fill and has dominated ever since.Volvo has said it plans toinvest more than $750 million into Polestar.
The Polestar 1 is the first model of the electric brand. However, the Polestar 1 is not a pure electric vehicle; its a plug-in hybrid with threeelectrical motors powered by twin 34 kilowatt-hour battery packs and a turbo and supercharged gas V4 up front.
Ingenlath views this initial model as a bridge to pure EVs. The Polestar 2 will be the company first all-electric vehicle and is designed to compete with Tesla Model 3. The Polestar 2 will be revealed early in 2019, with production starting a year later.
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