Polestar sets up shop in China

Riley Riley

Work is underway on Polestar’s new state-of-the-art production plant in Chengdu, China.

It’s here the company’s first model, the Polestar 1, will be produced.

This follows the announcement last month that Volvo’s performance partner was to become a brand in its own right.

The Polestar Production Centre is due for completion by mid-2018, in time to start tooling installation and pre-production testing – an aggressive and challenging nine-month construction plan.

The Polestar Production Centre, designed together with international award-winning architects Snöhetta from Norway, will be the most environmentally-responsible car factory in China, and one of the most efficient in the world, with a target of Gold status in the globally-recognised LEED ratings (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

The Polestar Production Centre will build the Polestar 1, a Grand Touring Coupé with a 450kW hybrid performance powertrain that will offer 150km of pure electric range – the longest  of any hybrid car in the world.

Polestar is planning to build 500 of the cars per year.

The Polestar Production Centre will also include a customer experience centre, staffed by product experts, as well as a customer test track constructed within the campus to enable potential customers to evaluate the car to the extremes not possible on public roads.

Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said construction of the new Polestar Production Centre is the next step in turning the company’s plans into reality.

“We are building a Production Centre that is a reflection of our brand. A facility that is modern, progressive, technically advanced and environmentally responsible. The Polestar Production Centre will be an embodiment of the Polestar brand,” he said.

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