Demand already exceeds supply for Polestar’s first car — the Polestar 1 — before it’s even been built.

Polestar is planning to produce 500 examples of the petrol-electric hybrid per year, but has already had 6000 expressions of interest.

The Volvo offshoot is now taking orders in 18 countries, which it says represents 95 per cent of the “geographical interest” from potential customers.

Too bad Australia isn’t one of them.

The Tesla-like car is an Electric Performance Hybrid 2+2 GT coupé which produces 450kW and 1000Nm of torque, and has a pure electric range of 150km – the longest of any hybrid car in the world.

The Electric Performance Hybrid powertrain features an internal combustion engine powering the front wheels, while a double electric rear axle drive system powers the rear wheels from a total of 34kWh of battery power.

In combination, the Polestar 1 is an electric vehicle with the benefits of an internal combustion engine to supplement the electric drive over long distances when required.

Along with the opening of the pre-order process, a new car configuration tool allows prospective customers to visualise their Polestar 1 before placing their pre-order.

“With over 7000 people interested in owning a Polestar 1 since its reveal, we are extremely encouraged by the passion shown for our product,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar.

“We will now take the next steps towards delivering this beautiful car to our first customers,”

The pre-order process involves a fully-refundable $US2500 deposit, which serves as a placeholder in the queue for a Polestar 1.

Pre-ordering is now available in the following 18 countries: China, United States, Sweden, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada.

Apply for a Polestar 1 here if you’re game

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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