Polestar’s first SUV will be put into production in the United States and will focus on autonomous driving

Recently, electric car manufacturer Polestar revealed that its first SUV model, Polestar 3, will be produced at the Volvo plant in Ridgeville, Carolina, USA. Currently, Polestar only produces cars in China.

▲Polestar 3

Polestar was launched in 2017 by Volvo Cars and Geely Holdings. Currently, there are two mass-produced models of plug-in hybrid sports car Polestar 1 and pure electric coupe Polestar 2. Polestar said that Volvo Cars' factory in Richville is currently producing Volvo S60 and will increase production of the new generation Volvo XC90 in 2022.

"The total annual production capacity of Volvo and Polestar will reach 150,000 vehicles," said a Volvo Car spokesperson. The plant started production in 2018.

▲Polestar 1

▲Polestar 2

Polestar 3 will use the same SPA2 platform as the next-generation Volvo XC90 and is expected to be launched in 2022 to compete with Tesla Model X.

▲Volvo XC90

Judging from the information released by Polestar, Polestar 3 is a high-performance electric SUV that emphasizes aerodynamic design and focuses on safe autonomous driving. It will be equipped with the Automotive OS infotainment system based on Google’s native Android.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said that the US-made Polestar 3 will initially be sold in the United States and may eventually be exported. Thomas mentioned last year that Polestar hopes to increase Polestar 2's annual sales to 50,000 within two to three years, but he refused to disclose Polestar 3's sales target.

▲Polestar Precept, a concept car previously released by Polestar

▲Polestar Precept, a concept car previously released by Polestar

"Production in the United States can greatly shorten the delivery time, and even have a positive impact on the price of Polestar 3." said Dennis Nobelius, Chief Operating Officer of Polestar. "The production of Polestar 3 in China and the United States will enhance Polestar's competitiveness in these two markets."

In addition, Polestar also plans to establish 25 "Polestar Spaces" in the United States to deliver cars and provide test drive services. In China, 16 "Aurora Spaces" are currently in operation.

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