Thursday, November 14, 2019

Deliveries Start By the End of 2019

Polestar, the electric performance brand from the Volvo and Geely Groups, is moving forward with its North American debut of the Polestar 2. The Polestar 2 is the first fully electric vehicle from Polestar cars. With ongoing launch events in the first seven North American cities that Polestar vehicles will be available, reservation and prospective owners (and Smarticd!) got their first up-close look at the production version of new car.

Polestar 2 lands with 5 doors

Polestar vehicles will initially be available in four cities in the US—Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego—and three Canadian cities—Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal—starting in late 2019.

 “Anticipation for Polestar is high in North America with the bulk of the initial orders coming from this region,” said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar in the Americas. “This is the first opportunity for the general public to engage with the Polestar in this part of the world, and we expect these modern cities to embrace the first 100 percent electric car from Polestar.” 

Polestar 1 started the brand

The all-electric Polestar 2 joins the Polestar 1, a $150,000 600-horsepower plug-in hybrid two-door performance coupe. Initially, Polestar only intended to produce 500 Polestar 1s, but demand exceeded expectations, and the car will now be available for at least two model years. Deliveries of the Polestar 1 will also begin in late 2019 in the US and Canada.

Up Close with the Polestar 2

The big news this week was the upcoming debut of the Polestar 2 in the seven North American cities in which the car will initially be available. The Polestar 2 is a midsize five-door AWD fastback initially priced at roughly $63,000 for the launch edition. It will come with a 72 kilowatt-hour actively-cooled lithium-ion battery with a targeted range of 275 miles for the EPA test cycle.  

The crowd in SF got their first look at the Polestar 2

Two electric motors, rated at a combined 300 kilowatts/408 horsepower and 487 pounds-feet of torque, drive the front and rear axles. Polestar has targeted a 4.7-second 0-to-60 time.

The Polestar 2 has also been available for online reservation since early in 2019. Those who placed an order or expressed interest were invited to get their first hands-on exposure to the new BEV. At the San Francisco event at the SF Museum of Modern Art, hundreds of reservation holders packed the venue to see the Polestar 2 up close.

The hatch reveals a versatile storage space

Polestar 2 deliveries in the seven initial geographies will start in Q2 2020. Polestar availability will expand nationally over time.

Reserving a Polestar 2 can be done or by visiting a soon-to-be-opened showroom called “Polestar Spaces.”

Service and support will follow a concierge model with Polestar retrieving the vehicle,  providing a loaner vehicle, and servicing the car at a workshop so as to not inconvenience the owner.

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Gary Lieber is a Road Test & Technology editor at Smarticd. Gary is a Silicon Valley technology veteran, having spent more than 20 years as an executive at Apple and Microsoft. He is a life-long technologist, club racer and gearhead. He has written about cars for the last 10 years, focusing on battery electric cars, autonomous vehicles and the technologies behind them. He is an organizer of Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel, founder of the San Francisco Bay Leaf Owners Association, former Concours Chairman for the Porsche Club of America and currently serves as Vice President of Communications for the Western Automotive Journalists.

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2 Comments

brian allman August 13, 2019 at 8:25 am

Is that $150k pricetag correct?

    Michael Coates August 13, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    @brian allman,
    The $150K is for Polestar 1 (if you can get one); the Polestar 2 Launch Edition (with extra equipment) will be $63K with a lower price (by several thousand $) model coming later in production, similar to Tesla’s launch strategy. –ed.

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