Production has gotten underway.
As a majority of automakers are shutting down their production lines due to the coronavirus pandemic, Polestar is doing the exact opposite. The automaker has just officially announced that production of the Polestar 2 EV has gotten underway in Luqiao, China. Deliveries will initially begin in Europe, followed by China and North America. Other market launch dates will be announced later. The all-electric fastback sedan will compete directly against the Tesla Model 3.
If you recall, the Polestar 2 was first revealed to the world over a year ago, in February 2019, to be precise. For a time, Polestar was taking reservations from anxious customers with a refundable deposit, but now those order books are being fully opened to everyone. How is Polestar able to get production going when literally the rest of the world is being quarantined?
The strict policies enacted by the Chinese government have allowed for Polestar's operations to continue normally, resulting in no COVID-19 cases for the automaker's China operations. To further prevent this, the company has enacted measures such as disinfecting the factory and masks for every worker. Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath expressed his gratitude for the hard work put into making this all possible.
"We start production now under these challenging circumstances, with a strong focus on the health and safety of our people," he said. "This is a great achievement and the result of huge efforts from the staff in the factory and the team securing the supply chain. I have a huge amount of respect for the entire team - thanks to them!"
For now, the Polestar 2 will have a total of 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque and range of 275 miles thanks in part to its 78 kWh battery pack and dual motor. Other standard features include an infotainment system powered by Android. Google Maps, Google Assistant, and the Google Play Store all come pre-installed.
For the time being, only the Polestar 2 Launch Edition is being built, which carries a starting price tag of $63,000 prior to any tax credits. Following the first year of production, non-First Editions will start at $55,000. Later on, an even less expensive single motor version will arrive.