Polestar chief Thomas Ingenlath must be a happy man with the business response his company received for its first car: the Polestar 1 hybrid coupe. This 600hp 2+2 sports car made its global debut at the recent Geneva Motor Show. The Swedish performance and electric car arm of Volvo says it has received 6,000 pre-bookings for the Polestar 1 at US$2,500 a pop.
Production of Polestar cars will take place at the brand’s state-of-the-art facilities in Chengdu, China. With original plans limited to 500 units annually, the new figures could prompt a second working shift in its production schedule to keep up with strong demand and quicker deliveries. Production will scheduled to begin in second quarter of this year.
Two electric motors at the back of the Polestar 1 make a combined 218hp with an estimated range of 93 miles on one charge. For more performance, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine up front teams with those electric motors for the full 600hp. Polestar says this car has the longest range of any hybrid on the market.
Polestar 1 can now be ordered online – in 18 countries
The new Polestar operations have unveiled their first model in the Polestar 1 being shown at the Geneva Motorshow. They have also timed their release so as to allow buyers to order and configure their cars online with a Euro 2,500 deposit.
Pre-ordering is now available in the following 18 countries: China, United States, Sweden, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada.
“With over 7,000 people interested in owning a Polestar 1 since its reveal, we are extremely encouraged by the passion shown for our product. We will now take the next steps towards delivering this beautiful car to our first customers,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar.
The Polestar 1 brings the electric performance hybrid format to a two door coupé form factor. This will be joined later by a crossover too. Output is rated at 600hp and 1000Nm of torque with a battery only range of 150kms.
There is however no further information on whether the company has chosen to change its ownership model for the cars, which initially was meant to be in the form of a subscription arrangement.