Volvo’s Polestar brand has begun production of its first all-electric vehicle, the Polestar 2.

Production for the vehicle has started at Polestar’s facility in Luqiao, China.

“The world is facing enormous upheaval in the face of the coronavirus pandemic,” comments Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. “We start production now under these challenging circumstances with a strong focus on the health and safety of our people. This is a great achievement and the result of huge efforts from the staff in the factory and the team securing the supply chain. I have a huge amount of respect for the entire team – thanks to them!”

The Polestar 2 has two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery with a range of up to around 500 km. There is also an all-wheel-drive electric powertrain that produces 300 kW (about 408 hp) and 600 Nm (487 lb-ft).

The vehicle’s infotainment system is the first one to be running Android Automotive (which is different than the phone-based Android Auto).

With the Android Automotive system, you’ll get access to Google Maps, the Google Assistant and the Play Store.

Deliveries for the Polestar 2 are set to begin in summer 2020 on a market-by-market basis starting in Europe, then China and then North America.

The Polestar 2 costs $69,900 CAD ($63,000 USD/59,900 euros) for the Launch Edition.

Reservations for the Polestar 2 are available now from the company’s website with a $1,500 deposit.

Source: Polestar

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