Volvo’s Polestar starts all-electric car production in China
Polestar will only sell its vehicles online and will offer customers subscriptions
Volvo’s Polestar has started production of its all-electric Polestar 2 car at a plant in China.
The Polestar 2 is the first all-electric vehicle under a brand that was relaunched three years ago with a new mission.
Polestar was once a high-performance brand under Volvo Cars. It is jointly owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding of China.
In 2017, the company was recast as an electric performance brand aimed at producing exciting and fun-to-drive electric vehicles.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected how Polestar and its parent company operate as factory closures began in China, where the disease originated.
Chinese factories are now reopening as the virus moves to Europe and North America, where most automakers are suspending production.
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said the company started production under these challenging circumstances with a strong focus on the health and safety of its workers.
Extra precautions have been taken because of the outbreak, according to the company. These include frequent disinfecting of work spaces and requiring workers to wear masks and undergo regular temperature screenings.
None of Polestar’s workers in China have tested positive for Covid-19, the company said.
Polestar will only sell its vehicles online and will offer customers subscriptions to the vehicle.
Volvo was acquired by Geely in 2010.
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