Polestar picks the US to build its next electric vehicle


An SUV underneath a white sheet
Enlarge / This is as much of the Polestar 3 as the company is ready to share right now. But the SUV goes into production in 2022.

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On Wednesday morning, the electric car maker Polestar revealed that it will build its forthcoming SUV in the United States. Polestar is a joint venture between Volvo and Geely, so it therefore makes sense that US Polestar production will take place at Volvo’s plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina.

“Polestar 3 will be built in America, for our American customers. I remember the great response when I first shared Polestar’s vision here in the USA and I am proud that our first SUV will be manufactured in South Carolina. From now on, the USA is no longer an export market but a home market,” said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath.

“Production in the USA reduces delivery times as well as the environmental impact associated with shipping vehicles around the world. It will even have a positive impact on the price of Polestar 3,” said Polestar COO Dennis Nobelius.

In addition to local production, Polestar will expand its “Spaces”—Polestar-speak for the place where you can look at cars, arrange test drives, and so on—to about 25 locations around the US.

Although we haven’t seen the Polestar 3 yet, we have seen Polestar’s Precept concept car, which heralds a lot of the design ideas that should show up on the production vehicle. We know that Polestar will use Volvo’s SPA2 architecture to build the SUV; this platform will also be used by the next Volvo XC90 SUV (among other vehicles), and the XC90 will go into production in Ridgeville in 2022. Currently, the plant—which opened in 2018—builds the S60 sedan for Volvo.



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