Polestar, Volvo’s electric performance brand, opened its first production facility in Chengdu, China today.
The new Polestar Production Centre will produce the Polestar 1 – an exclusive, carbon fibre-bodied Electric Performance Hybrid. The facility, which has been completed on schedule, will produce vehicles for both China and global export markets with first customer deliveries expected before the end of 2019.
The Polestar Production Centre aims to be one of the most environmentally responsible car factories in China and will work exclusively with suppliers that subscribe to an environmentally responsible approach. In keeping with these ambitions, and expected later in 2019, the facility hopes to achieve Gold status in the globally-recognized LEED ratings (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Five hundred Polestar 1 cars are planned to be built per year in the new Chengdu facility, with a total of 1,500 planned over a three-year production cycle.
Construction of Polestar 1 in Chengdu will be followed by production of Polestar 2 in Luqiao, China, in early 2020.