Volvo Cars' Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1 high-performance plug-in hybrid coupe, in Shanghai this week.
With a combined 600 hp, the Polestar 1 will be the most powerful car ever built in China, said CEO Thomas Ingenlath. Production will begin in mid-2019 at a new dedicated plant in Chengdu.
With a range of up to 93 miles on electric power only, the Polestar 1 will offer the best full-electric range of any hybrid car on the market, Ingenlath said.
These technical specifications make Polestar a credible rival to Tesla and the BMW i subbrand.