Volvo's Polestar sub-brand broke ground on its new state-of-the-art Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China today.

The Polestar Production Center will be the only assembly site for the first-ever vehicle from the newly minted electric vehicle brand - the Polestar 1. The automaker says construction on the site will be completed in mid-2018, at which point tooling installation and pre-production testing for the Polestar 1 will begin.

Designed with international award-winning architects Snöhetta from Norway, the Polestar Production Center will be the most environmentally-responsible car factory in China and will also be one of the most efficient car factories in the world. That's fitting, seeing as it will be producing one of the most advanced powerful hybrid cars ever built. The Polestar 1 will also spearhead the brand's entry into the mainstream, serving as the first-ever non-Volvo Polestar, so they need to get it right from the outset.

"Following the successful launch of the new Polestar brand in October, construction of the new Polestar Production Centre is the next step in turning our plans into reality," said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. "We are building a Production Centre 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."

The Polestar 1 is set to launch through a subscription-based service sometime in 2019.

This article first appeared on AutoGuide