The new 2020 Polestar 1 is set to be Volvo Group’s electric performance brand. Among the raft of things that were revealed alongside the news of its debut include a new, customer-based route with all-inclusive subscription-based services, a new purpose-built production facility in China, and the company’s three new models.
Expected to start production sometime in mid-2019, the Polestar 1 will be Volvo Group’s first vehicle under the new performance brand. According to preliminary info, the new vehicle is expected to have a range of 150 km on pure electric power. If this is confirmed, which is expected, the 2020 Polestar 1 will have the longest range of any hybrid car in the market today.
Besides the mind-boggling electric range, the Polestar 1 will also be able to deliver an output rated at a staggering 600 horsepower and 1,000Nm of torque. With such output, the vehicle will not only be a pace setter in the electric car segment but will also be a force to reckon with in the performance car segment.
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Additionally, the vehicle will also be bringing in a boatload of high-tech features and top-spec performance attributes to the market. At the same time, it’ll benefit from engineering and technological synergies resulting from within the company itself and the expected significant economies of scale.
“Everything is set for the 2020 Polestar 1 to make history as the first vehicle to carry the new brand’s DNA. It is a beautiful GT that we expect will have an easy time delivering the company’s vision to buyers within the electric car segment,” said Chief Executive Officer of Polestar, Thomas Ingenlath.
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2020 Polestar 1 Design
Expected to go for sale sometime in the first quarter of 2019 as a 2020 year model, the Polestar 1 is a two-door, 2+2 seater Grand Tourer Coupe equipped with an ‘Electric Performance Hybrid’ drivetrain. As per the information recently released by the marque, 500 cars will be built per annum.
The car is underpinned by the Scalable Platform Architecture that Volvo says is new and bespoke by up to 50%. Dimensions wise, it is 0.65m shorter than the S90 – a feat accomplished by shaving off 200mm in the rear and 320mm from the wheelbase to create a car that’s powerful and notoriously sporty.
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Another new thing for the company is the use of carbon fiber. A lightweight material that’s commonly found in supercars, for example the insanely capable Bugatti Chiron. Because of the use of carbon fiber for its chassis construction, the company says it is able to save a whopping 230 kg. Again, the carbon fiber is projected to bring about 45% torsional stiffness.
And similar to its peers, it’ll have a lower center of gravity. As a result, the 2020 Polestar 1 will arguably achieve admirable results in drivability, performance, and handling on an open and flowing road. “The Polestar 1’s performance isn’t just confined to straight-line speed. On the contrary, it is far more holistic with its other core strengths being, besides acceleration, suspension control, braking, cornering, steering feel, and chassis feedback,” said Thomas Ingenlath.
A Contemporary Approach
The new 2020 Polestar 1 isn’t just about setting new benchmarks in the electric car segment, it is also about making sure that there isn’t unnecessary hustle for customers. As the company says, what matters is the overall driving experience. To better illustrate this, the subscription payment being introduced by Polestar will have a flat monthly payment, will be inclusive, and customers won’t be required to place deposits.
Again, customers won’t need to concern themselves with issues arising from maintenance, insurance, and depreciation. The subscription will be fixed for a term not exceeding three years. At the expiry of the subscription, all the customer will need to do is simply return the vehicle to Polestar for it to deliver the next experience to the next deserving customer after refurbishing it.
Further improving the customer experience, Polestar has indicated that everything is set for an effortless and convenient user experience that caters to the customer’s desired choice of interaction route – physical or digital. For this purpose, all features including on demand services, subscription offers and test drives will be available online. A Polestar customer needn’t come to the physical premises unless they want to.
Performance Specs - 2020 Polestar 1
As already told, the new electric performance hybrid from Polestar will comes equipped with a cold-hearted drivetrain capable of churning out a mind-blowing 600 horsepower and 1,000Nm of torque. This output will not only place the vehicle within the performance car segment but will also make it the first electric car to travel a range of 150km on electric power alone.
All cars, according to the marque, will feature a full electric powertrain beneath the hood. After going for sale in the first quarter of 2019, the company has indicated plans of starting production for the Polestar 2 model. The Polestar 2 will be a mid-sized fully-electric car that’ll go head to head with the Model 3 from Tesla.
2020 Polestar 1 Release Date & Price
As already aforementioned, the polestar 1 is expected to go for sale sometime in the first quarter of 2019 as a 2020 year model. The monthly price is configured as a car-sharing subscription, with insurance and maintenance included. Nonetheless, things could change in the future as Polestar recently hinted that the selling the vehicle could also turn out to be in the cards. In such a case, we could expect the 600-hp machine to go for sale for anywhere between 130K to 177K Euros.