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Volvo's Polestar Electric Cars Will Be Sold Online

Volvo's Polestar Electric Cars Will Be Sold Online

"Polestar 1 is the first auto to carry the Polestar on the bonnet". Volvo Cars and Polestar say the investment allows them greater "synergies" when it comes to joint development and economies of scale. According to Ingenlath, this is in keeping with the "brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand".

For example, China plans to set goals for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to make up at least a fifth of local sales by 2025, with a staggered system of quotas beginning in 2018. The Polestar 1 is a two-door, 2+2 seat Grand Tourer Coupé with an "Electric Performance Hybrid" drivetrain. The country is set to quickly become the world's largest market for hybrids and electric cars because of government mandates aimed at curbing pollution levels. Its power output of 600bhp and 1,000Nm of torque places the vehicle firmly in the performance segment.

As with the 1, both machines are likely to draw heavily on Volvo architecture and technology.

Polestar's radical all-electric approach will be matched by an equally radical method of selling its cars. A carbon fibre body reduces bodyweight and improves torsional stiffness by 45%, as well as lowering the car's centre of gravity. This supports the driver with precise acceleration on each wheel to keep the maximum road grip and maintain speed while cornering. "A lovely GT with incredible technology packed into it - a great start for our new Polestar brand", Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar, said in the press release announcing the Polestar 1. Now under construction, it is due for completion in mid-2018. The next order of business is to actually start production of the coupe and it will happen by mid-2019. It will be a mid-size vehicle created to rival the Tesla Model 3.

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The ordering and configuration of Polestar cars will be conducted online via a Polestar app or online portal.

Polestar will also open dedicated spaces, that will give a preview, test drive and demonstrate the Polestar cars.

"We believe that subscription is the future", said Jonathan Goodman, Polestar's chief operating officer. Polestar will also move away from today's traditional ownership model. Polestar will offer its vehicles via two- to three-year subscriptions. Polestar will also provide additional services including concierge and on-demand services for customers at an added charge.


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