Polestar production centre opens in China

Polestar, the electric performance brand, has opened its first production facility. The Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, China, will produce the Polestar 1 – the company’s 600hp, 1000Nm, carbon fibre-bodied Electric Performance Hybrid. The facility will produce vehicles for both China and global export markets with first customer deliveries expected before the end of 2019.

The company says that come of the strictest monitoring and assessment procedures seen in the industry will be used during production and the process will be overseen by highly trained quality control auditors with a minimum of 10 years of experience.

“Here in Chengdu we are not only manufacturing a premium hybrid-electric performance car. We have also created an inspirational manufacturing environment, a great place to work and visit. It truly reflects the Polestar brand,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar.

“We promised we would have our first production facility built in 2019, we promised cars would be delivered to customers this year, and we promised we would do things differently – once again we are delivering on our promises. This is a hugely proud moment for the whole team at Polestar.”

Polestar says the production centre was conceived with the goal of achieving Gold status in the globally recognised LEED ratings (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The LEED rating prescribes a holistic approach, which challenged the team to work exclusively with suppliers that subscribe to an environmentally responsible approach.

The centre also incorporates a customer experience centre including a test track.

500 Polestar 1 cars are planned to be built per year in the new Chengdu facility, with a total of 1,500 planned over a three-year production cycle.

Original source: Motor Trader Magazine (September 2019)

10 Sept 2019