Polestar starts production of the Polestar 3 in Chengdu

Production of the Polestar 3 has started in Chengdu, China. The electric SUV will be the first Polestar to be manufactured on two continents: Another production line is scheduled to start up in mid-2024 at the Volvo plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina, USA.

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The first early test series at the American plant has been successfully completed, as Polestar writes. Apart from the fact that series production has started in Chengdu, Polestar does not provide any further details about the assembly in China in the brief press release, such as a ceremony, the exact configuration of the premiere model or which market this model will be delivered to.

Instead, it only contains a quote from Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath: “This stunning car takes a significant step forward with start of production marking an important milestone on our journey from a one- to three-car company this year,” said the manager. “We have also achieved launch readiness at the factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina, and are well on track with our plans to start manufacturing Polestar 3 in the USA.”

The third model is the Polestar 4, which has been built at the Geely plant in Hangzhou Bay since November. The first units were delivered in China before the end of the year, which is why the Polestar deliveries in 2023 again included two models in addition to the well-known Polestar 2. However, the brand missed its own target for 2023 of 60,000 vehicles with 54,600 deliveries.

With the Polestar 4 and soon also the Polestar 3, this is set to change in 2024. In the brief announcement about the start of production, Polestar does not state when exactly the new model will be delivered. Ingenlath himself stated in January that the first deliveries of the Polestar 3 are expected “in the summer”.

Even though production has now started, the world premiere of the Polestar 3 was a while ago: the Swedish-Chinese brand unveiled its first electric SUV back in October 2022. Production was originally due to start in 2023, but software problems delayed the series production of the Polestar 3 and its sister model, the Volvo EX90. Originally, the Polestar 3 was due to roll off the production line in Chengdu from mid-2023.

Polestar 3 Long Range Dual MotorPolestar 3 Performance-Paket
Performance360 kW380 kW
Torque840 Nm910 Nm
Acceleration 0-60 Mph5.0 s4.7 s
Top Speed210 km/h210 km/h
WLTP Range628 km561 km
Battery Capacity111 kWh111 kWh
Charging Performance DC250 kW250 kW
Charging Time DC 10-80%30 min30 min
Preis88.600 Euro95.200Euro

The most important data on the vehicle in brief: the first model designed from the outset as a Polestar delivers 360 kW with a maximum torque of 840 Nm in the dual-engine version available at the launch. With the optional Performance Package, the total output is 380 kW and 910 Nm. The battery has a nominal capacity of 111 kWh. The Polestar 3 is charged via an 11 kW AC onboard charger or via DC with up to 250 kW. Like the EX90, the Polestar 3 will also be equipped with a charger for bidirectional charging. This means that it will also be possible to offer vehicle-to-grid functions in the future.

The Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor is available in the UK from £83,200, with the Performance package costing £5,600 more, thus now slightly cheaper in both cases than announced at the world premiere. The designation Long Range suggests that there will also be a Standard Range with a smaller battery at a later date – but Polestar has not yet announced such a variant. In contrast, a model with a 104 kWh battery has already been announced for the Volvo EX90.



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