The new platform will be developed with Volvo and Lotus
This new motor will be exclusive to Polestar
A two-speed gearbox will be included, similar to the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT
Polestar is taking a bit more independence from Volvo, its parent company, by developing its own electric motor and transmission.
In order to become more of a Porsche competitor, Polestar is working on a new motor and gearbox that will most likely be used in the Polestar 5, an upcoming sport sedan.
This new motor, codenamed P1, should be able to produce 636 horsepower and it will be used with a two-speed gearbox that might be part of the motor unit itself. This is a rare design in the EV world, since only the Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-tron GT are equipped with one at this time.
This motor will not be used in vehicles from Volvo, Geely or Lotus, three companies that are tied to Polestar, however, the 800V platform on which the upcoming Polestar model will be made will be shared with the Swedish and the British brands.
This platform will use a 103-kWh battery that will be capable of charging to 80% in only 20 minutes and feature V2X (vehicle-to-everything) capability.
The possibility of combining two of the new motors to create an all-wheel drive system means that the vehicle could have up to 1,272 horsepower and a gearbox on each axle. This is enough to compete with the Tesla Model S Plaid and the Lucid Air Dream Edition, the two Fastest Sedans in the World.
If the Polestar 5 is indeed the vehicle this motor will debut in, its arrival should happen somewhere in 2024.