Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

You can now order a 591bhp Polestar 1

You can now order a 591bhp Polestar 1

Polestar has announced that it is now taking deposits for the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe.

Previously, interested parties could only signal their intention to purchase a Polestar 1 by registering their details on Polestar's website.

That deposit is fully refundable should you change your mind, though you might be swayed by some numbers. Polestar will only build the cars at a rate of 500 per year, due mostly to the car's complex construction process, so getting in early is important. You can also play with the new vehicle configuration tool to build it out the way you'd want it before you place your pre-order.

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Polestar appeared at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show as a standalone brand alongside parent company Volvo for the first time this year, where Chief Operating Officer Jon Goodman told Auto Express that there were now around 6,000 expressions of interest in the coupe before a confirmed price had even been announced. Although it has been mooted that the initial production run of 1,500 cars could be significantly increased to meet demand.

Pre-ordering is now available in the following 18 countries: China, United States, Sweden, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada. Polestar is also looking at traditional outright sales.

Set to arrive in mid-2019, the Polestar 1 features an electric drivetrain supported by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 592bhp and 1,000Nm of torque. The company eventually started offering performance upgrades for Volvo cars and in 2015 was bought by the Swedish automaker. Polestar is thinking about selling the Polestar 1, but it hasn't made a final decision. In 2017, Polestar was spun off into a standalone brand for electrified cars.

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