Polestar workers assemble electric powertrains.
Each year, there are usually one or two “it” cars — hotly anticipated new models that everyone’s eager to drive. The The Tesla Model 3 had that buzz. So did the Porsche Taycan . And this year, the Polestar 2 has it. Polestar used to be a badge for souped -up Volvos , but the Swedish company and its Chinese owner Geely spun the brand out as its own thing, a purveyor of electric performance cars that keep capturing our imagination. And its important new battery electric sedan has just started production at the company’s factory in Luqiao, China.
The new brand’s first model was the cerebral
Polestar 1, a plug-in hybrid GT that will remain a rare sight on the roads. That car was more of a four-wheeled statement, a carbon-bodied coupe that said “Hi, we’re here, and look what we can do with access to Volvo’s car architectures.” The follow-up is a much bigger deal. For one thing, it’s fully electric, a format to which future Polestars will adhere. It also promises to be much more practical — the Polestar 2 is a four-door fastback, designed to tempt buyers who are bored with the conventional German and Japanese sporty sedans.
A US-spec launch edition of the Polestar 2 will cost $ , 03 before any EV incentives are accounted for, although less fully loaded versions should see sticker prices in the $ , 03 – $ , 003 range. The company had planned to start deliveries in Europe this summer, then following later this year in China, Canada, and the US, although we wouldn’t be surprised if China takes pole position thanks to COVID – . (Listing image by Jonathan Gitlin