Super Swede: 2019 Volvo Polestar 1 shows its face

Dora Pope
October 18, 2017

It marks the first glimpse of Polestar's future as Volvo's performance electric vehicle arm, following Volvo's announcement this summer that the carmaker will phase out traditional combustion engine cars from 2019. Polestar says this auto has the longest range of any hybrid on the market. The Polestar 1 will have a range of just less than 100 miles on its electric output alone, which makes it "the longest full electric range of any hybrid vehicle on the market".

"All future cars from Polestar will be electric performance vehicles, but the Polestar 1 bridges today's technology with the future, offering the ideal drivetrain for a grand touring coupe that's likely to be used over longer distances as well as shorter, faster, enjoyable journeys". Helping it stand out even further from the Volvo products, the Polestar 1 features a ton of world-class performance-enhancing technology.

Polestar has confirmed that the 2 will begin production in late-2019, which will be the first battery-electric vehicle from the Volvo group and will go up against the Tesla Model 3. There will be no deposit and a flat rate monthly fee will include insurance and maintenance, and access to Volvo's wider range of cars should you need something bigger, smaller or SUV shaped for a specific journey. Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says the coupe has "amazing technology packed into it", and calls it "a great start for our new Polestar brand".

It will be followed soon by an all-electric auto aptly named the Polestar 2.

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Order books for the Polestar open today, with future customers also able to express their interest from today. "A attractive GT with unbelievable technology packed into it - a great start for our new Polestar brand", Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar said. Fitted to the rear axle is a double-electric motor system driving both rear wheels through a planetary gear set to produce 218bhp.

Volvo has said that, beginning in 2019, all of its own new and redesigned models will be electric or hybrid.

The most high-profile competitor to the Polestar in the mass electric performance market at the moment is Elon Musk's Tesla Model 3, which already has 500,000 pre-orders.

The two companies also say future Polestars will be fully electric, rather than hybrids. There won't be a conventional ownership experience here, either - you can only order the auto online, and on a "two or three year subscription basis" with no deposit. Then there's the front bumper, which on the Polestar 1 features more compact air vents and a slightly less elegant shape than on the Coupe Concept. Polestars will use an app-based key, which will unlock the auto, enabling the pickup and drop-off service.

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