The first shipment of Polestar 2 customer vehicles has arrived in Europe. The EVs were delivered to the Belgian transport hub in Zeebrugge, destined for new owners in Sweden and Norway. The EVs that have just landed will be transported to a central hub in Belgium for a final preparation process and check procedure before heading onwards to their destination markets. The handovers are scheduled for August.
Polestar states that EVs for customers in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK will follow as delivery ramps up to meet customer demand. Deliveries to customers in Switzerland are scheduled to take place later in 2020.
Polestar wants to change the face of automotive retail, rolling out physical Polestar Spaces this summer. Staffed by ‘Polestar Specialists’ who are not working on commission. Test drives will be can be booked online or in person.
Polestar is partnering with Plugsurfing in Europe to improve electric vehicle public charging convenience ahead of initial Polestar 2 customer deliveries, scheduled for the coming months. The agreement signals yet another step into operational mode for Polestar.
With over 195,000 compatible EV charging points in the region, Plugsurfing provides a convenient solution to accessing and paying for electricity from a variety of public charging service providers.
CAKE, the Swedish manufacturer of lightweight electric motorcycles, and Polestar, the electric performance automobile brand owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding, today announced an expanded brand partnership to showcase CAKE’s electric motorcycles into Polestar’s showrooms in Europe, to start with.
Although there have been a number of delays already this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and various states of shutdown or slowdown, the Polestar 2 electric car is running on time. And ahead of its first deliveries this summer, Polestar has now put a price tag on the upcoming China-built EV: $59,900 to start.
The third model in the line-up will follow company convention and be called the Polestar 3. It will be a zero-emissions SUV tasked with carving out a unique identity for the company when it arrives in 2022.
The design of the Polestar Precept Concept offers a preview of the company’s next model, the Polestar 3. That model will take the form of an SUV which will borrow many of the key design elements of the stylish Precept study.
Polestar USA CEO Gregor Hembrough told Automotive News by email that the company is still planning to begin U.S. deliveries of the car in midsummer. An associated issue, he pointed out: The pandemic could prevent Polestar’s new U.S. stores from opening on time. […]
Polestar revealed on Monday that production began this week at its factory in Luqiao, settled in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. There, the Polestar 2 shares an assembly line with the Volvo XC40. If you’re wondering about the China connection, Chinese automaker Geely owns both brands.
Ahead of the formal announcement, Polestar sent an email to fans and future owners globally on Monday, which noted Volvo Group’s electric car division took the coronavirus outbreak very seriously. Thanks to stringent policies, its Chinese operations were not affected. In fact, Polestar touted zero cases of COVID-19, the disease the coronavirus causes, in its Chinese teams. Temperature screenings, thorough disinfecting processes and masks for every worker were just a few of Polestar’s strategies.
Porsche Taycan Turbo S v Polestar 1 v Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4dr | Autocar
This is a taste of the future of luxury performance EVs.
Autocar UK did a side-by-side comparison of three of the best fast 4-door Grand Touring cars. They all have their advantages, but the Porsche Taycan leads this expensive pack.
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The 751bhp Porsche Taycan Turbo S, priced at £139,000 ($187,470 in the US) which has a top speed of 162mph and can get from 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds, gives us a taste of all-electric answers to that question.
Meanwhile the 592bhp Polestar 1 (top speed 155mph, 0-60mph in 4.2sec) suggests a plug-in hybrid take, priced at £135,500 (or $165,500 if you’re in the USA).
Is either better than a V8-engined Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4dr for a long blast across continent? This 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged internally-combusted car can go from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 3.8sec and has a mega top speed of some 193mph -- because, y’know, engines.
Matt Saunders and Ricky Lane headed to the idyllic roads of the Cote d’Azur to find out what the future looks like.