Amidst the shutdowns Polestar 2 production gets underway
Production of the new Polestar 2, an electric performance fastback, has begun in the firm’s Luqiao factory, China. Initial deliveries will go into Europe, and then major markets like China and North America. This is the first EV to be produced in the facility.
Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, commented “We start production now under these challenging [coronavirus pandemic] circumstances. This is a great achievement and the result of huge efforts from the staff in the factory and the team securing the supply chain.”
The plant is co-owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding and Volvo Cars. “We are able to bring Polestar 2 to market with high build and quality standards right from the beginning,” Thomas Ingenlath added.
Revealed a year ago, Polestar 2 will initially sell in ten major markets and the order books have just opened. A refundable deposit is required. Deliveries are due to begin mid-year in Europe, followed by China and the US.
The vehicle features all-wheel drive, and total output is 300kW and 660Nm. A 78kWh battery pack enables a claimed WLTP range of 470km.
Polestar 2 is evidently the first production car to utilise a built-in infotainment system powered by Android. It runs Google Maps and Google Assistant, and can access the Google Play Store.