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Transportation Weekly: Polestar CEO speaks, Tesla terminology, and a tribute

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; Im your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . This is the fourth edition of our newsletter, a weekly jaunt into the wonderful world of transportation and how we (and our packages) move.
This week we chat with Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, dig into Lyfts S-1, take note of an emerging trend in AV development, and check out an experiment with paving. Oh, and how could we forget Tesla.
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This week, were featuring excerpts taken from a one-on-one interview with Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath.
On February 27, Volvos standalone electric performance brand Polestar introduced its first all-electric vehicle, a five-door fastback called the Polestar 2. The EV, which has a 78 kWh battery pack and can travel 275 miles (estimated EPA guidance) on a single charge, will be manufactured at a new factory in Chengdu, China. Other notable specs: The infotainment system will be powered by Android OS, Polestar is offering subscriptions to the vehicle, and production starts in 2020.
Transportation Weekly: Polestar CEO speaks, Tesla terminology, and a tribute

Here is what Ingenlath had to say to me about
EV charging infrastructure
To bevery unpolitical, I think it would be totally stupid if we were to aimto develop electric charging infrastructure on our own or for our brand specifically. If you join the electric market today, of course, you would see partnerships; thatssensible thing to do. Car companies together are making a big effort in getting out a network of necessary charging stations along the highway.
Thats what were doing; were teaming up and have the contracts being designed and soon signed.
On the companys approach to automation
The terminology is important for us. We very clearly put that into a different picture, were not talking about, and we clearly do not ever want to label it, an autopilot. The focus of thissystem is a verysafe distance control, which brakes for you and accelerates for you, and of course, the lane keeping. Thisis not about developing an autopilot system, it is about giving your safety. And thats where we dont want to provoke people thinking that they have full rollout autopilot system there. But it is a system that helps you being safe and protected on the road.
I also reached out to Transportation Weekly readers and asked what they wanted to know and then sent some of those questions to Ingenlath.

TW Reader: How did it feel taking one of your personal styling elements the C shaped rear lamps from your previous brand over to Polestar?
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