After the Swedish luxury automaker Volvo announced in June 2017 that Polestar, its performance car brand, will become a separately-branded electrified global high performance car company, every auto enthusiast was waiting to see the first car by Polestar. Hence, reducing the waiting time, the automaker confirmed plans for its first three models, a new purpose-built production facility in China and a customer-focused route to market as well as introduced the its first hybrid car, the Polestar 1. The production of the Polestar 1 is expected to start in mid-2019 in the new purpose-built manufacturing facility in China and will feature a hybrid powertrain. The other two upcoming vehicles by Polestar, Polestar 2 and Polestar 3 would be fully electric, battery-powered vehicles.
Speaking at the unveiling, Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar 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.”