In the assembly shop, where the various components which make up the Polestar 1 come together, things are done by hand: the assembly of the powertrain and transmission, the installation of the interior, and more.

The distinctive carbon fibre body panels of the Polestar 1 are attached to the steel chassis by hand in a specialised jig for absolute precision. Once the body and chassis have become one, the engine, gearbox and suspension are joined with the chassis at the marriage point. Accuracy is key, and each of the bolts protruding from the chassis are perfectly aligned with the body. Once the union is complete, it’s ready for the next stage.

The Hang on Parts (HOP) area is next, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Components are painstakingly measured before being attached by hand, ensuring the signature silhouette of the Polestar 1.

The paint shop and polishing room boast some of the most intricate work of the entire process. A combination of machine and hand-sanding have proven to be the best method to prepare the carbon fibre while keeping the feature lines intact, in preparation for hand-painting.

The Polestar 1 then finds itself at a truly unforgiving stage: the Customer Acceptance Line (CAL). This is where a Polestar auditor takes more than eight hours to inspect the car according to “hypercritical sensory standards”, ranging from smell to touch and everything in between.

A focus on sustainability is only natural when guided by the ethos of “pure, progressive performance”. Therefore, the Production Centre was designed with the goal of being one of the most environmentally responsible car manufacturing facilities in China. Aiming for Gold status in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a globally-recognised rating system), the facility is not only designed with the idea of sustainability at its core, but also committed to only using suppliers which adhere to the strictest environmental standards.

The Polestar Production Centre was also designed to be a physical representation of the brand and its ethos. And for visitors who are unfamiliar with Polestar, there is also the Brand Experience Centre, which presents a curated glimpse into the various aspects of the Polestar universe. Inside the Production Centre itself: a multimedia installation presenting the hardware and engineering of the Polestar 1, along with texts and films showcasing the brand’s identity, design philosophy, and more.

Polestar was created, in part, to break away from the conventions of the auto industry; to lead by example, to innovate, to show what’s possible when the product is elevated and placed centre-stage. And now, with the Polestar Production Centre complete, these ideas are being realised, in steel and carbon fibre.

The transition is complete.