Volvo Polestar 2 EV Production Commences Amid Coronavirus Outbreak – GaadiWaadi.com
The Polestar 2 EV is powered by two electric motors mounted on the front and rear axles, which give the car a combined power output of 402 hp and 660 Nm
Amid the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, almost all manufacturers have shut down their manufacturing facilities across the globe. On the other hand, the country where the pandemic originated, normal life seems to be headed back on track. Polestar, the Swedish automotive brand jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and its parent company Geely, has commenced the production of the Polestar 2 electric performance fastback at its plant in Luqiao, China.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Thomas Ingenlath, CEO, Polestar said, “The world is facing enormous upheaval in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, we start production now under these challenging circumstances, with a strong focus on the health and safety of our people. This is a great achievement and the result of huge efforts from the staff in the factory and the team securing the supply chain. I have a huge amount of respect for the entire team – thanks to them!”
The aforementioned factory is owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding, and is currently operated by Volvo. Also, the Polestar 2 is the first car to be produced at the said plant. Moving to the car, the Polestar 2 was first showcased about a year ago, was made available for pre-booking across global markets. The luxurious five-door fastback is underpinned by Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform.
It comes equipped with two electric motors mounted on each of its axles, coupled with a 78 kWh battery which provides a claimed driving range of about 500 km on the WLTP test cycle. The electric motor has a maximum power output rated at 402 hp, and a peak torque output of 660 Nm, which helps the car sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds.
The Polestar 2 will also be offered with a performance pack which will include 20-inch forged wheels with brakes from Brembo, Ohlins dampers, along with golden seat belts, brake calipers and valve caps. Initially, the Polestar 2 will be sold in Europe, with first deliveries expected in the summer this year. The car will be introduced on a “market-by-market basis”, and hence Chinese and North American markets will soon follow.