Polestar has announced that the construction of its new state-of-the-art production centre has started in Chengdu, China.
This follows the announcement of the standalone Polestar branded car in October, and continues the momentum built from the launch.
The Polestar Production Centre, in which the company’s first model, the Polestar 1 will be produced, was designed by international award-winning architect firm Snöhetta from Norway.
The Polestar 1 is a Grand Touring Coupé with a 600-hp Electric Performance Hybrid powertrain that offers 150 km of pure electric range - the longest pure electric distance of any hybrid car in the world. Polestar is currently targeting to build a maximum of 500 units per year.
It is said that the plant, which is due to be completed in only nine months by mid-2018, will be the most environmentally-responsible car factory in China, and one of the most efficient in the world, with a target of gold status in the globally-recognised LEED ratings (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
The facility will also include a customer experience centre which includes a customer test track constructed within the campus, to enable potential customers to evaluate the car to the extremes not possible on public roads.
Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar said, “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.
"We are building a Production Centre that is a reflection of our brand - a facility that is modern, progressive, technically advanced and environmentally responsible. In fact, it will be an embodiment of the Polestar brand."