Volvo unveils Polestar model in China, looks to rival Tesla 3

Polestar New Model

Polestar One teaser reveals its Volvo Concept Coupe inspiration

A smaller Polestar 2 will emerge later in 2019 to duke it out with Tesla's Model 3 and will be the first fully electric vehicle launched by the Volvo auto Group.

Its range of 150km on electric power alone gives it the longest-running electric range of any hybrid auto on the market, according to Volvo.

The Polestar 1 is a performance electric hybrid, but with the longest pure electric range of any hybrid auto in the world, we consider it an electric vehicle with support from an internal combustion engine.

The Polestar 1 is a two-door, 2+2 seat Grand Tourer Coupe with an "Electric Performance Hybrid" drivetrain. Think of the 2020 Polestar 1 as an electrified resurrection of the old Volvo C70, and you won't be far off the mark.

Polestar also said it is moving away from a traditional ownership model (hello, Tesla). Everything from scheduled maintenance, to the booking of a auto wash, to the temporary installation of a roof-box, can be arranged through and carried out by Polestar with an incremental charge then added to your monthly invoice.

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When Li Shufu's Geely, which also owns United Kingdom black cab maker Manganese Bronze, acquired Volvo its goals were to use the Swedish group's technology, dealership network and global brand to push Geely outside China while doubling Volvo's sales in China.

In it's previous life, Polestar was a hard-to-find high-performance brand under Volvo Cars.

Despite the Polestar 1 not arriving until 2019, Polestar are taking orders from today.

Polestar may be a new brand in its own right, but it has visibly retain the aura of a performance that she played in the bosom of Volvo. Additionally, the 1 uses a double electric rear axle with torque vectoring. Polestar has employed the use of Ohlins suspension specialist to design a specific continuously controlled electronic suspension (CESi) system that the company claims allows the Polestar One to go around corners like a proper sports vehicle, rather than what we may now expect from an electric auto.

That's because that long hood with the Polestar logo on it hides a very powerful hybrid powertrain.

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The vehicle will be built at the Polestar Production Centre, now being constructed in Chengdu, China.

Despite all the buzz surrounding the Polestar 1, the brand is already talking about the future.

You won't be able to buy a Polestar vehicle from a physical dealership, as there won't be any.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath noted Tuesday that all future cars from Polestar will be fully electric. Polestar also disclosed plans of introducing an SUV as a third product, and it will be called the 3. All the cars will be ordered 100 percent online and offered on a two or three year subscription basis.

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