The gasoline-electric Polestar 1 promises to be a car that you can drive all year round. And to prove that, Polestar shot a video of a prototype of the coupe undergoing winter testing in northern Sweden.
Starting with the batteries, they had to withstand temperatures as low as -28C (-18F), as did the two electric motors, for which the extreme cold wasn’t a problem.
Volvo’s electrified car brand also examined the drivetrain, fine-tuning several aspects and tested how the One performs with different shock absorbers, springs, anti-roll bars and rubber bushings. It’s worth noting that the prototype was stripped of all driving assistance systems, which allowed the driver to feel the base chassis settings.
“Our test drivers have given us some enthusiastic feedback on the handling and dynamics especially”, said Polestar’s CEO, Thomas Ingenlath. “Besides being very happy with the balance of the chassis, they are particularly excited about the torque vectoring. We are now very confident about how this enhances the Polestar 1’s cornering responsiveness and accuracy. This is a driver’s car. We have now passed a major milestone in the development of the Polestar 1, and prototype testing continues throughout 2018.”
In between testing prototypes in different environments, Polestar will bring the hybrid coupe to Auto China 2018. The car will be displayed at the event in Beijing between April 25 and May 4, thus marking its second China premiere, following the global media debut in Shanghai last October.
The Polestar 1 combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front axle with two electric motors pushing power to the rear wheels. It has a combined system output of 600PS (592hp / 441kW) and 1,000Nm (738lb-ft) of torque, and thanks to the 34kWh battery, it can travel on electricity for up to 150km (93mi).
More than 7,000 people have expressed their interest in purchasing the hybrid coupe, and Polestar is already taking reservations for it. Production is expected to start next year.