CHENGDU – Polestar announced on November 20 that it has started construction of its new state-of-the-art Polestar Production Center in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, where the company’s first model, the Polestar 1, will be produced.
The announcement comes five weeks after the launch of the new Polestar in Shanghai as a standalone electric high-performance brand.
The Polestar Production Center is due for completion by mid-2018 to be ready to start tooling installation and pre-production testing – an aggressive and challenging nine-month construction plan.
Designed together with international award-winning architects Snöhetta from Norway, the new production facility 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 ratings (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
It 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 Centre will also include a customer experience center, staffed by product experts, as well as a customer test track constructed within the campus to enable potential customers to evaluate the car to the extremes not possible on public roads.
“Following the successful launch of the new Polestar brand in October, construction of the new Polestar Production Center is the next step in turning our plans into reality,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar. “We are building a Production Center that is a reflection of our brand. A facility that is modern, progressive, technically advanced and environmentally responsible. The Polestar Production Centre will be an embodiment of the Polestar brand.”