Polestar has officially begun series production of its first all-electric car, the Polestar 2 performance fastback, which happens to be also the first series all-electric model in the Volvo Car Group.
Polestar has its own plant in Chengdu, China, though the site at present is used exclusively for production of the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe.
The Polestar 2’s sole powertrain configuration features electric motors front and rear to produce a combined 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, or enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in under 5.0 seconds. That grunt can be augmented by an available performance package which includes Ohlins dampers, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch forged wheels.
Feeding the motors is a 78-kilowatt-hour battery that is estimated to deliver 275 miles of range, though we won’t know the EPA numbers until closer to the market launch.
One particularly neat feature of the Polestar 2 is that it is the first production vehicle to use an infotainment system powered by Android and built-in with Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store. Besides the Polestar 2, the Luqiao plant also builds the Volvo XC40.