Things happen quickly, and the pace at Polestar is a blistering one. The progress happening at the production center in Chengdu is all the proof one needs.
In addition to the distinctive architectural flourishes (courtesy of Snøhetta) that are now taking shape, production has officially started. There’s a factory within a factory at Chengdu, a production line in microcosm, which is busy assembling Polestar 1 TT (tooling trial) prototypes at the rate of two cars per day.
The universal mezzanine is in place, which will allow visitors to see the production process for themselves. Even the Brand experience center is starting to take form. More on that later though. The aim is to inaugurate the center, and have it running at full production, by August 2019. More on that later too.
And even at breakneck speed, the attention to detail is never compromised. Walls are kept free of clutter; no unsightly post-its or inappropriate calendars here. Even the font on the forklifts is Polestar Unica77.
The ground was broken on November 20th, 2017. And it’s been non-stop since then. See for yourself in the gallery.
Polestar has never gone it alone. We’ve had plenty of collaborators, kindred spirits, and fellow EV enthusiasts with us on our journey towards sustainable electric mobility. And now, in Gores Guggenheim Inc., we have a new partner. One with whom we intend to go public, pursuant to a business combination agreement which we have signed.
Everything we produce today has an environmental footprint. EVs are no exception. But that doesn't have to be the case. Over time, we can change how cars are made. And you can influence that progress. Because what you choose to buy is what the industry becomes. To enable us all to choose the greenest path, we all need to understand the scope of that footprint.