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Polestar 1 Production Might Become a Little Less Limited

Polestar wanted to kick things off with a bang when it broke away from Volvo and thanks to the Polestar 1, it sounds like it has.

The company initially intended to produce only 1,500 of its 600 hp sports coupes over the course of three years. Now, though, demand has Polestar rethinking that figure.

“We are looking at whether we could do a higher volume than 500 units a year. We are checking that out,” Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar’s CEO, told Automotive News Europe, recently. “I think there is potential to go to two shifts.”

Since it was first revealed in October, more than 5,000 people have told Polestar that they’d like to buy a 1.

The trouble, though, is that the Polestar isn’t quite limited to 500 cars per year by choice.

As we reported in December, Polestar is preparing itself to face many difficulties when it has to bond the 1’s carbon fiber body onto the Volvo S90’s shortened steel chassis.

“We have a great deal of respect for the challenge we face as we bring our carbon fiber production into reality,” said Ingenlath. “It will be a rather slow start, but it is needed for this complicated product.”

Polestar still has time to make its decision, since factory making the Polestar 1 in Chengdu, China, won’t be operational until the middle of 2019.

As a result, it’s still unclear how many more 1s Polestar thinks it can make. Whatever the case, if you want one for yourself, you’ll have to act fast when preorders start this spring.

Polestar says the 1 will churn out 600 hp and 737 ft-lbs of torque thanks to its plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The drivetrain is made up of a 2-liter 4-cylinder super- and turbocharged engine, and a pair of electric motors powering the rear wheels.

Not only will the 1 be able to torch tires, it will also be good for 150 km of electric-only range.

[source: Automotive News]

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