Polestar Starts BEV Production Expecting Europe Bounce Back

Polestar is anticipating a swift recovery in demand for its BEV products post-virus with the start of vehicle production to serve global markets.

Production of the all-electric Polestar 2 has begun in Luqiao, China targeting delivery into Europe, followed by China and North America, making the performance fastback is the first BEV to be produced by the facility.

Owned by Geely and operated by Volvo, the plant employs the expertise of both Polestar’s parent companies. The BEV performance car is available for the first year of production with 403bhp and 486ft-lbs of torque, all-wheel drive and a 78 kWh battery pack which claims a range of 292 miles on the WLTP evaluation. Polestar 2 is also the world’s first car to feature a built-in infotainment system powered by Android, featuring Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store.

Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, said: “The world is facing enormous upheaval in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. We start production now under these challenging circumstances, with a strong focus on the health and safety of our people. This is a great achievement and the result of huge efforts from the staff in the factory and the team securing the supply chain. I have a huge amount of respect for the entire team – thanks to them! Being able to produce in Luqiao means we are able to bring Polestar 2 to market with high build and quality standards right from the beginning,”

Revealed in February 2019, Polestar 2 will available in ten global markets contained in Europe, China and North America. Initially available to reserve with a refundable deposit, final order books in each launch market are now being opened sequentially. Deliveries to customers are due to begin in the summer of 2020 on a market-by-market basis, starting in Europe.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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