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March 24, 2020

Polestar 2 production starts in China

Some good news, for a change, from China where production of the Polestar 2 has begun officially in Luqiao.

By Olly Wehring

Some good news, for a change, from China where production of the Polestar 2 has begun officially in Luqiao.

For initial delivery into Europe, followed by China and North America, the new electric performance fastback is the first electric vehicle to be produced by the factory.

"The world is facing enormous upheaval in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, said Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath.

"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."

Owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding and operated by Volvo Cars, the Luqiao plant is an example of how Polestar leverages the expertise of its parent companies.

"Being able to produce in Luqiao means we are able to bring Polestar 2 to market with high build and quality standards right from the beginning," added Ingenlath.

Revealed in February 2019, Polestar 2 will be available in 10 markets across Europe, China and North America. Initially available to reserve with a refundable deposit, final order books in each launch market are now being opened sequentially.

The fully electric performance fastback is available for the first year of production with 408hp (300kW) and 660Nm all wheel drive and a 78 kWh battery pack which enables a range of 292 miles (WLTP).

Polestar 2 is also the world's first car to have an infotainment system powered by Android, featuring Google Assistant, Maps and the Play Store.

Deliveries are due to begin in summer 2020 on a market by market basis, starting with Europe and followed by China and North America.

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