Polestar has announced that construction of its new state-of-the-art Polestar Production Centre has started in Chengdu, China, where the company's first model, the Polestar 1, will be produced. This follows the announcement of the new Polestar brand on October 17, 2017, and continues the momentum from the launch.
The Polestar Production Centre is due to be ready to start tooling installation and pre-production testing by mid-2018—an aggressive and challenging nine-month construction plan.
The Polestar Production Centre, designed together with international award-winning architects Sn∅hetta from Norway, will be the most environmentally responsible car factory in China, and one of the most efficient in the world, with a target of Gold status in the globally-recognized LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings.
The Polestar Production Centre will build the Polestar 1, a Grand Touring Coupé with a 600-hp electric performance hybrid powertrain that also offers 150 km of pure electric range—the longest pure electric distance of any hybrid car in the world. Polestar is currently targeting to build a maximum of 500 units per year.
The Polestar Production Centre will also include a customer experience centre, staffed by product experts, as well as a customer test track constructed on the campus so that potential customers can test the car at extremes not possible on public roads.
Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said, "Following the successful launch of the new Polestar brand in October, construction of the new Polestar Production Centre is the next step in turning our plans into reality. We are building a Production Centre that is a reflection of our brand. A facility that is modern, progressive, technologically advanced and environmentally responsible. The Polestar Production Centre will be an embodiment of the Polestar brand."
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