The plug-in hybrid sports car holds up very well.
Volvo has released a video showing the first Polestar undergoing crash testing to test the strength of its carbon fiber reinforced polymer body.
The initial test had a Polestar 1 prototype propelled into a stationary barrier at 35 mph at the Volvo Cars Safety Center in Gothenburg, Sweden. Most of the energy was absorbed by the car’s crash structure, with the remaining energy mitigated by the carbon fiber body panels into the body structure.
Zef van der Putten, the manresponsible for carbon fiber at Polestar, stated:
“The outcome of this first crash test validates the decision to build the body of Polestar 1 in carbon fiber. It also confirms that carbon fibre supports the highest safety standards. This is an example of how Polestar spearheads the development of new technology in the Volvo Car Group.”
The Polestar 1 begins assembly in mid-2019 at a specialized factory in Chengdu, China.
Polestar 3 Will Be A Coupe-Like SUV Rivaling Tesla Model 3
It will be the Swedish electric car brand’s first SUV-crossover.
Polestar has shifted is hard at work on it’s follow-up the Polestar 2, the company’s Tesla Model 3-fighter.
Unsurprisingly, the Pole Polestar 3 will be a utility vehicle — more specifically a coupe-like SUV — intended to capitalize on the SUV-crossover craze.
“We’ve produced the two bookends. You’ve already got the top end and the bottom end, and all of the Polestar models that we launch thereafter will be positioned in between those two,” Jonathan Goodman, Polestar’s CEO confirmed to Digital Trends. “The one that comes after the Polestar 2 is the Polestar 3. It’s a coupe-style SUV, and we will release it in the back end of 2021.”
Like the Polestar 2, the Polestar 3 will be a fully electric vehicle and will likely share a platform with the the Polestar 2. It will give Polestar an answer to the Tesla Model Y
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Polestar 2 Electric Car Charges Up To Battle Tesla Model 3
Sweden delivers yet another promising electrified vehicle.
The Polestar 2 has arrived, and it’s ready to do battle with the Tesla Model 3 and other premium compact electric cars.
As Polestar’s first fully-electric vehicle, the Polestar 2 draws heavy inspiration from the Volvo 40.2 concept that debuted in 2016, featuring a relatively high ride height for a sedan and a five-door fastback design that makes it more versatile.
In fact, the Polestar 2 is based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform and is powered by a drivetrain consisting of two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery that deliver a combined 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft. of torque, enough power to accelerate it from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under five seconds.
The 27-module battery pack also integrated into the floor to improve the rigidity of the chassis and improve noise, vibration and harshness levels. It provides the Swedish electric car with a driving range of around 275 miles (443 km) on a single charge.
For those interested in a sportier driving experience, the Polestar 2 will be available with a Performance Pack that adds Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels. It also adds gold seat belts, brake calipers and valve caps.
Highlights of the interior include an 11-inch touchscreen that runs an Android-based infotainment system, granting owners access to Google Assistant, Google Maps and a number of other vehicle-based apps.
Production of the Polestar 2 kicks off in China in early 2020, with pricing starting at 39,900 Euros in Europe and at $55,000 in the United States.
Like the Polestar 1, it will be available exclusively via an online ordering system, and there will also eventually be a subscription program to broaden its reach.
Polestar will also introduce a less expensive version of the Polestar 2 down the road.
Polestar 1 Is Sold Out, Get Ready For Polestar 2
The Swedish upstart is gaining traction in the electric car segment.
Polestar’s first model, the plug-in hybrid Polestar 1, is officially sold out, which is quite an accomplishment considering it costs around US$155,000.
Production of the sports coupe is scheduled to begin by mid-2019 and will be limited to 500 cars per year initially. If you missed out on the first batch, you’ll have to wait until sometime in 2020 for the next one.
Volvo’s electric sub-brand also announced that its next model, the Polestar 2, will debut in early 2019 before going on sale sometime in 2020.
The fully-electric Polestar 2 will rival to the Tesla Model 3 as Polestar’s first volume model. It will be followed by a an even more important Polestar 3 electric SUV sometime in 2020.
Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer at Polestar, says the goal is to maximize driving enjoyment with “great looking cars with avant-garde design that are full of modern technology.”
The company previously announced that it will sell its cars in retail labs installed in major cities around the world, a non-traditional setting that removes the hassle that usually comes with traditional car buying and ownership.