This is the Polestar 1
Volvo parent Geely is throwing the word "performance" into the mix with this car for a very good reason: The Polestar 1's hybrid powertrain pumps out 600 horsepower and 737 ft-lb of torque, thanks to dual electric motors positioned at the rear of the car and a twincharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder driving the front wheels.
Polestar 1 is capable of traveling 93 miles on batteries only.
Much of that power would be wasted if the car weighs an exuberant amount. That's why Polestar has decided to use carbon fiber to build the majority of the vehicle's body. Not only has this reduced weight considerably, but it has also improved torsional stiffness by 45 percent.
In order to keep things fresh but still build it off reliable, well-vetted technology, Polestar borrowed parent company Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA). This will permit the Polestar 1--and other models that use SPA--to be fast-tracked into production.
Though the Polestar 1 might be the first hybrid on the SPA platform for the brand, it will also be the last. All future Polestar cars will be exclusively battery-powered, making them fully electric--and fulfilling the "vision" of the company.
Given that Polestar considers its vision to be battery-only cars--and it's a bold vision, part of Geely's $760 million dollar plan to launch the brand as an EV manufacturer--one might call into question if the Polestar 1 feels rushed. Even if the technology isn't ready for Polestar to mass-produce a BEV, we can consider it one last hurrah from Volvo's prestigious petrol-powered history.
Best of all, Polestar will be selling vehicles direct to consumer--something which the public seems to love, but automakers and local state governments tend to not. Polestar has mentioned it will offer a sort of subscription service like Volvo is doing--no surprise, given the impact that automakers foresee this having on car ownership.
The vehicle will be manufactured alongside other Geely-owned brands in the Polestar Production Center, located in Chengdu, China, and is slated to begin production in mid-2019.
600 hp 1000 Nm
The combustion engine in the Polestar 1 is a high-performance petrol in-line four-cylinder engine supercharged and turbocharged. The mechanically driven supercharger adds torque from low-to-medium engine speeds together with the turbocharger up to 3500 rpm. The turbocharger then takes over and adds power and torque up to maximum rpm.
Two electric motors drive the rear wheels. Each electric motor delivers a maximum power of 80 kW (109 hp) which is a combined power of 160 kW (218 hp) and torque of 480 Nm on the rear wheels. In addition to these electric motors the Polestar 1 is equipped with an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), this adds 34 kW (46 hp) and 150 Nm of torque.
Combined with the electric motors are planetary gear sets. These planetary gear sets enable torque vectoring – a technology used in racing to bring both acceleration and stability through curves. Torque vectoring supports the driver with precise acceleration on each wheel to keep the maximum road grip and maintain speed whilst cornering.
Polestar 1 has three battery stacks with the latest chemistry, one in the tunnel and two at the rear – providing 34 kWh. This unique positioning of the battery stacks enables an ideal weight distribution of 48% on the front wheels and 52% on the rear wheels.
Carbon fiber reinforced polymer
Active rear spoiler
Panoramic glass roof
Double wishbone front
The rear suspension is an integral link design, a unique solution to the Polestar 1 – with a transverse composite leaf spring, replacing traditional coil springs. This design delivers neutrally balanced cornering characteristics, minimum roll and low levels of noise, vibration and harshness.
400x38 six piston Mono block fixed calipers
2 liter In-line 4-cyl. supercharged and turbocharged
2 rear axle electric machines + Crank ISG
150 km (NEDC)
34kWh arranged in 3 Battery stacks (2 packs)
Ohlins CESi + Double Wishbone (Front) / Integral Link (Rear)
Akebono 6-Piston Calipers (Front) / Conti EPB (Rear)
CFRP + Steel Compound Body
275/30 R21 (Front) / 295/30 R21 (Rear)
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