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Polestar 1 Prototypes Start Rolling Off Assembly Lines

One of the newest car companies on the block is getting ready to launch its first ever vehicle, but not before some required testing is done.
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Polestar, the Volvo spin-off that will be in charge with producing electrified vehicles, said on Thursday it has begun building the first road-going verification prototypes of the Polestar 1 vehicle at its factory in Sweden.

These prototypes will be used for testing how the car works ad performs in various weather conditions, as well as it how it handles on the road. Crash tests with some of the cars currently being assembled are also planned in the near future.

For the first production run, the assembly facility in Gothenburg will spit out 34 vehicles which will be then be taken through their paces by engineers to test and fine-tune the model into a final version.

“The assembly of the VP cars means that the Polestar 1 has taken its next step towards production,” said in a statement Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO.

“This first batch of 34 cars will enable our engineers to tune the finer details of the car, ensuring that the Polestar 1 is perfect when we start to produce customer cars in the middle of next year.”

The Polestar 1 is a plug-in hybrid that is said to provide more electric range than of any other similar car currently on the market, namely 150 kilometers (93 miles).

It uses two electric motors on the rear axle and integrated starter-generator at the crankshaft. Two 34 kWh batteries provide the power, as does an internal combustion engine.

The ICE is the T8 Drive-E turbocharged 2.0-liter that delivers 600 horsepower and 1,000 Nm of torque. 

Officially, the model will enter mass production next year. In the U.S, the car is priced at $155,000 and can already be reserved by making a $2,500 deposit. Over 200 people have done so in the States until now.

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