POLESTAR is limiting production of its plug-in hybrid super coupe because of the complexity of its construction.
The difficulties lie with the fact that the Polestar 1 has a carbon-fibre body, but is being fitted to a modified, shortened version of the Volvo S90 saloon’s steel platform.
Production is scheduled to begin in mid-2019, with full-scale production not expected until the following year.
This will coincide with a production ramp-up for the Polestar 2, an all-electric saloon car that will go head-to-head with the Tesla Model 3 when it arrives in late 2019.
Polestar’s full Tesla-rivalling line-up will be complete in 2021 when the Polestar 3, a Model X-like crossover SUV, hits the market.
Earlier this year, Polestar revealed that it would no longer be the tuning arm of Swedish car manufacturer Volvo, instead becoming its own standalone company building electrified vehicles.
The Polestar 1 is its first car and features a 600bhp petrol-electric hybrid powertrain with a claimed electric-only range of more than 90 miles.
Each car in the Polestar family will be underpinned by Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture and will be built at a new facility in Chengdu, China.
It will not be possible to buy a Polestar outright. Instead, customers must buy online and can choose between two- or three-year subscription models.
Monthly prices will vary depending on additional options such as servicing and home delivery.