This is Polestar 1: Volvo’s disruptive performance EV

You expect solid confidence with a little reserve from the Swedes, and yet the freshly-revealed Polestar 1 arrives today with some bold claims. Before you is the first vehicle from Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, and the first of three models set to launch over the next few years. Polestar 1 doesn’t go into production at the new state-of the art facility in China until mid-2019; indeed, as of right now, the plant is still under construction, with a completion date of its own in mid-2018. Still, there’s enough here to get us seriously interested.

Polestar 1 is a two-door, four-seater Grand Tourer Coupe, and will be priced at approximately 130,000 Euro or $153,000. But wait, there’s more on Polestar’s approach to the ownership model. According to the company – a collaboration between Volvo and its owner, Chinese behemoth Geely – Polestar 1 offers the longest electric range of any hybrid car on the market today. Its electric performance hybrid powertrain can be driven up to 150km (93 miles) on the electric motor alone, in Pure mode. This drive mode transforms the car into a rear-wheel drive, earth loving grand tourer, propelled by an all new, 218 HP double electric motor system.

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