Media reported that while many European and North American car production is about to be discontinued, there is a car company , Polestar production is moving at full speed. The carmaker is understood to have started producing the Polestar 2, a direct rival of Tesla’s Model 3.
Polestar said Tuesday that production of the Polestar 2 plant in Taizhou Road Bridge, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, began this week. There, the car shares an assembly line with the Volvo XC40.
Before the official announcement, Polestar sent an email to fans and prospective owners around the world on Monday, noting that Volvo’s electric car division was taking the outbreak seriously, though its operations in China were not affected. In fact, Polestar says its team in China has not had a case of new coronavirus infection. Now, precautions such as temperature screening, thorough disinfection procedures and each worker wearing a mask are taken inside the plant.
It is understood that the Polestar 2 has a maximum range of 275 miles, 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of output power and torque, respectively, and supports Android infotainment. The 78 kWh battery provides power for dual electric motors.
Currently, only the Launch Edition model is in production, with a pre-tax price of $63,000. After production in its first year, Polestar plans to launch a model that costs as little as $55,000, followed by a single-engine version that starts at a lower starting price and the exact amount is not yet known. The European market will have priority in deliveries starting this summer, followed by the Chinese market and then North America.