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Pre-orders start for Polestar’s debut plug-in hybrid

The Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupé is now available to pre-order in 18 countries.

Customers can pre-order the Polestar 1 with a fully-refundable €2,500 (£2,219) deposit

Customers can pre-order the Polestar 1 with a fully-refundable €2,500 (£2,219) deposit

The first car from the new electric performance brand, the Polestar 1 is based on the same SPA platform as the S90, V90 and XC90, with a revised chassis and part carbon fibre bodywork. The rear axle features an electric motor at each wheel, producing a combined 216bhp and a battery-only range of 93 miles (150km) when fully charged, along with a 2.0-litre Volvo petrol engine at the front wheels, boosting output to 592bhp and 738lb.ft of torque and featuring four-wheel drive.

Customers can pre-order the car with a fully-refundable €2,500 (£2,219) deposit in the following markets: China, United States, Sweden, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada. Limited volumes will be available and it will only be offered in left-hand drive.

The Polestar range will then be expanded with Polestar 2 and Polestar 3 full battery-electric vehicles which will be sold in higher volumes. The Polestar 2 will make its debut next year with production starting early in 2020, and Polestar 3 will arrive around 2022.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.