At the beginning of today, we knew that the Polestar 2 , the principal vehicle 100% electric from the new brand related with Volvo, has begun its production at the Luqiao plant in China. Meanwhile, in North America, mostl vehicle processing plants have suspended their exercises and some are going to the assembling of veils and respirators with a aim to help overcome the coronavirus emergency..
The copies will first hit Europe this summer before landing on the roads of China and our continent soon after. In all, Polestar 2 will be marketed in 10 major markets around the world.
"The world is facing a huge upheaval due to the pandemic," said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. We are launching production today under difficult circumstances, focusing on the health and safety of our employees. It's all a job and the result of colossal efforts from our factory staff and the procurement team. "
Unveiled in February 2019, the Polestar 2 is a luxury hatchback compact that will directly attack the Tesla Model 3 . Its two electric motors together deploy 400 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to accelerate up to 100 km / h in less than five seconds. Its autonomy amounts to around 500 kilometers thanks to a 78 kWh battery.
It is also the first car in the world to offer a standard infotainment system that works with Android. This brings together the Google voice assistant, navigation by Google Maps and access to the Google Play store.
Remember also that Quebecer Hugues Bissonnette will be the director of Canadian operations for Polestar after making his mark at Volvo here as in Europe. The company chose Montreal to set up its first concession in North America, thanks to an agreement with the Park Avenue Group.
On site, there will be only two or three vehicles and as many demonstrators, with a few product specialists to educate consumers. The acquisition will be done on the principle of a monthly subscription lasting two or three years. All costs will be included, including the use of the car, maintenance and repairs, insurance and access to services on request.
Eventually, we are sure that the Polestar 2 will be followed by Polestar 3. The latter would also be an electric SUV focusing on performance.