Volvo converted its race-tuning sub brand Polestar into its own company with a aim on electric performance last year, and at the Geneva Motor Show this week it disclosed the Polestar 1 GT, a hybrid electric car that is designed to go toe-to-toe with Tesla for performance-loving customers eager for different power-train options.
In person, the Polestar 1 is quite attractive, specially in the matte grey that the car was appearing at the show. The designing is a little more muscle car throwback than Tesla-like oval arcs, but that is to the car’s credit – it looks a bit mean, but in a good way.
Polestar will start accepting deposits for the car next week, asking for $3,000 down, in the form of a refundable deposit (which is another step straight from the Tesla playbook, accidentally). Polestar says it is already had inbound attraction from over 6,000 customers, and it focuses to make only 500 per year, so probably if you want one you should get a pre-order in.
Even if you do plan to pre-order a Polestar, remember that it is not necessarily about buying these things outright: There is another ownership model being tried out with the vehicle along with its distinctive hybrid power-train that permits customers to subscribe to them for either a two or a three-year period, with on-demand pick-ups, no deposit required and everything included in one flat monthly fee. There’s still the option to just outright buy one, too, however, if you are a traditionalist at heart.
About that hybrid drive train stated above – it will be able to put out around 600 horsepower in total, and supply up to 150 km of driving range rom the EV drivetrain alone, something Polestar says is a global record for a hybrid. The front wheel drive is managed courtesy of the gas engine, and the rear wheels are driven by a battery-powered electric motor.
Volvo seems to be still focusing for a mid-2019 production date from its production facility in Chengdu, China, so utilize that to set your expectations for when delivery might occur if you are going to go ahead and lock one of these up.
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