Amid coronavirus, Geely begins production of Tesla Model 3 rival Polestar 2
Polestar, the premium electric vehicle brand owned by China's Geely, said it has started production of its mass market Polestar 2 sedan model at Geely's Zhejiang Luqiao plant.
Polestar plans to deliver cars initially into Europe, and then China and North America, the Gothenburg-based company said in a statement. The model's rival will include Tesla's Model 3 sedans.
The production line at the Zhejiang Luqiao plant also makes Volvo's XC40 sport-utility vehicles and Lynk & Co's 01 SUV.
ThePolestar 2was presented via online streaming from the Polestar website in February last year and debuted in society at theGeneva Motor Showjust a month later.It was also present at theFrankfurt Motor Showin September.
The brand's second offering stands out for its design as elegant as it is sporty, maintaining the aesthetic language released with thePolestar 1with features such as its glossy black grille, a light signature and a design based on fluid lines.
The new Polestar 2 has four electric motors, one on each axis, which give it all-wheel drive and408 HPof power.Its maximum torque is660 Nmavailable from scratch.A78 kWhcapacitybatterypowers its motors for a maximum of470 kilometersbetween charges.
“We begin production now under very challenging circumstances, concentrating on the health and safety of our workers.It is a great achievement, the result of great efforts by the plant team securing the supply chain," saysThomas Ingenlath, CEO ofPolestar, in a statement."Producing thePolestar 2inLuqiaoallows us to launch it under high quality and production standards from the start," adds Ingenlath.
Bookings for the Polestar 2 have already started, since it is produced on demand, at a base price of39,900 euros and59,900 eurosfor theLaunch Editionversion.
Despite being produced inChina, the first units will reach European markets and later deliveries will begin in the Asian countries andNorth America.In all, the electric saloon will be available in 10 markets.Polestarkeeps reservations open under payment of a refundable deposit in case of backing down and now begins the process of closing purchases.
With Polestar 2 in the assembly line, the Geely Grouphas now managed to produce both the Polestar cars inChina.The Polestar 1, a plug-in hybrid saloon, is assembled inChengdu, at a factory inaugurated in August last year.1,500 units of the vehicle will be manufactured in a first three-year cycle at this facility.