CHALLENGE LAUNCHING – Polestar jostles

CHALLENGE LAUNCHING – Polestar jostles


The Polestar 3, which remains under wraps, is the brand’s first model to be made in the United States. Its market launch is planned for next year.

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The Volvo subsidiary unveiled its Polestar 3 under wraps and announced ambitious growth plans.

Polestar, Volvo’s electric subsidiary, presented its Polestar 3 in disguise. The new model, scheduled for release in 2022, will not only be the brand’s first SUV, but also the first Polestar built in the United States. Its production will take place at the Volvo factory in Charleston, South Carolina. “Polestar 3 is a high-performance electric SUV that will define SUV style in the electric age,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said at an event in New York.

Independent and weather friendly

According to Thomas Ingenlath, the new model will be one of the most climate-friendly cars of all time. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology from the American technology company Luminar will also enable autonomous driving on highways. So far, the Volvo subsidiary of the Chinese group Geely has leaked very little information about the move. It is assumed that the new model will be based on the same platform as the new generation XC90, which is also produced in Charleston. The propulsion technology of Polestar 2 or Volvo XC40 Recharge would allow the SUV to reach a power of around 300 kW (408 hp) and a range of more than 400 km.

The German trade magazine “Auto Motor und Sport”, on the other hand, sees a striking parallel with the largest electric SUV from the Geely world, namely the Zeekr 001. The SEA platform (Sustainable Experience Design) for electric vehicles, made by Geely. and allowing a wheelbase of up to 2.9 meters, was used. With a length of 4.95 meters, Zeekr 001 runs from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.8 seconds and develops a power of 400 kW (544 hp) thanks to two electric motors. The Chinese SUV, equipped with a 100 kWh battery, should be able to travel up to 700 km “full”. The truth will lie somewhere in between.

According to rumors, the Chinese model Zeekr 001 can provide the technical basis of the Polestar 3.

According to rumors, the Chinese model Zeekr 001 can provide the technical basis of the Polestar 3.

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But let’s get back to reality. In New York, Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, announced ambitious plans for growth. With the launch of three new vehicles in three years, as well as the expansion of the brand in at least 30 international markets and continued development in existing markets, Polestar expects to increase its global sales tenfold from approximately 29,000 vehicles in 2021 to 290,000 in 2025. From now on, everything is about the growth of Polestar,” he declared.

Ambitious goals

Thomas Ingenlath could not help himself in the competition: “We are not a virtual company waiting to build factories and sell cars. We are a real company that already produces and sells cars all over the world. Our two award-winning models are on the roads of 14 countries around the world and we expect to sell around 29,000 vehicles this year,” he added.

Polestar 3 forms one of the pillars of the growth plans. In New York, the Volvo subsidiary also previewed the Polestar 5, a four-door electric GT, due for release in 2024. The YouTube series “Precept: from Concept to Car” documents the transition of the Precept concept to production of the series. . The Polestar command thus gives a glimpse of the future stylistic line of the brand.

Polestar 5 was also presented.  The four-door electric GT, scheduled for release in 2024, previews the brand's future styling line.

Polestar 5 was also presented. The four-door electric GT, scheduled for release in 2024, previews the brand’s future styling line.

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