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2020 Polestar 1 PHEV Will Offer 52 Miles Of All-Electric Range EPA Confirms

You won't find a PHEV with more range, but is it enough to justify the Polestar 1's price?

  • The new Polestar 1 PHEV is Polestar’s flagship

  • EPA range is rated at 52 miles, the equivalent of 84 kilometres

  • Pricing set at $156,000 US, $197,000 in Canada


The 2020 Polestar 1 PHEV flagship plug-in hybrid vehicle will offer 52 miles (84 kilometres) of range according to the EPA. That’s less than Polestar‘s claimed 60 miles of range (97 kilometres), but it’s still more than any other PHEV vehicle.

The Polestar 1 features a 2.0-litre, turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine paired to two electric motors and a crank integrated starter generator. Total output is rated at 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque according to Polestar’s website. That’s enough to reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.2 seconds.

As for fuel economy, the EPA rates the Polestar 1 at 26 mph when the 34-kWh battery pack is completely drained, and 58 MPGe when including all-electric capability. That’s 9.0 litres per 100 kilometres and 4.0 litres per 100 kilometres respectively.

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Those are certainly impressive specs, but the Polestar 1’s $156,000 US ($197,000 in Canada) starting price is equally eye opening. The performance is there and the range will give most owners the ability to do most commutes without using any fuel, but still. The Polestar 1 costs almost twice as much as a Tesla Model S and isn’t far from a few exotics, either. The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is probably its most direct competitor and although it has a lot less range, it’s also quite a bit quicker.

Polestar 1 interior, dashboard side | Photo: Volvo

Polestar 1 interior, dashboard | Photo: Volvo

Polestar 1 black exterior, side | Photo: Volvo

Polestar 1 white exterior, front | Photo: Volvo

Polestar 1 black exterior, on location | Photo: Volvo

On the other hand the 2020 Polestar 1 is a gorgeous car, and will likely please buyers with a lot of money to spend who want something different. It’s also a true GT car that can be used daily without any issues. Factor in the incredible range and you do have some arguments you can use to convince potential clients.

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Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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