A lot has to happen before series production commences.
Although Polestar 1 production is limited to 1,500 examples, there's no such limit for the Swedish-Chinese firm's next offering, the all-electric Polestar 2. The Polestar 1, if you recall, boasts a plug-in hybrid powertrain packing a total of 600 horsepower. The price for that sexy coupe? At least $155,000. The Polestar 2, aimed directly at the Tesla Model 3, will begin at a far more reasonable $44,000 or so, while the Launch Edition will begin at $63,000. Final figures have yet to be confirmed.
Because the Polestar 2 will be a mass-produced vehicle, proper factory preparation must be done in advance. Polestar has just announced that tooling trials for its first-ever all-electric vehicle are currently underway at the Luqiao factory in China before custom deliveries get underway next year.
This is actually the second prototype phase and it's designed to prove vehicle integrity and overall process quality control. The last thing a new brand like Polestar wants is for there to be major quality issues that could hamper sales and reputation.
"Polestar 2 tooling trial prototypes are now rolling off the final production line in the Luqiao factory, and so nearing series production," said Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar. "Cars will be with customers in the first half of 2020, as planned. We will continue to make good on our promises."
Reservations are currently being taken for the Polestar 2 and if customers decide to do so now, they're guaranteed a 2020 delivery. There's even a fully refundable deposit.
Prior to the tooling trials, Polestar 2 prototypes underwent extensive chassis testing at various locations around the world, including the US, Spain, and the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden. Unlike the Polestar 1's coupe body style, the Polestar 2 is a five-door fastback, riding on the same CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform as the Volvo XC40.
Remember, both Volvo and Polestar are owned by Geely, which also fairly recently purchased UK sports car company Lotus.