THE UK has failed to make the cut as one of the initial launch markets for the new Polestar 1 – the first car to come out of Volvo’s new electric performance brand.
Due to be built at a new state-of-the-art facility in Chengdu, China, the 592bhp Polestar 1 will first be offered to customers in the United States, China, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands – owing to early customer demand from those regions.
The manufacturer will open a Polestar Space in these markets – described as “an environment where customers can physically interact with the brand” – in mid-2019. It’s not yet clear when the brand will come to the UK, but Polestar has said that “more countries will be introduced across the world and confirmed at a later date”.
The new Polestar 1 is only available on a subscription basis, with customers paying a monthly fee that covers useage, insurance, depreciation, collection and delivery for inclusive servicing, as well as a selection of on-demand benefits. There is no option to buy a Polestar outright.
The Swedish performance brand claims that its inaugural model, described as a 2+2 Grand Touring Coupe, will be able to travel 93 miles on electric power alone – which it says is better than any electric hybrid currently available on the market.
Its mostly carbon-fibre body sits on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture, helping to reduce weight and improve torsional stiffness by 45 per cent.
It also contributes to a lower centre of gravity.
At the car’s reveal earlier this year, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said: “The Polestar 1 is a performance electric hybrid, but with the longest pure electric range of any hybrid car in the world, we consider it an electric car with support from an internal combustion engine.
“All future cars from Polestar will be electric performance vehicles, but the Polestar 1 bridges today’s technology with the future, offering the perfect drivetrain for a grand touring coupe that’s likely to be used over longer distances as well as shorter, faster, enjoyable journeys.”