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NewsThe Polestar 3 Has Begun Rolling Down the Assembly Line in China

The Polestar 3 Has Begun Rolling Down the Assembly Line in China

Production of the Polestar 3 starts in China, to be followed by American production soon.

  • Models to be sold in North America will be built in South Carolina starting from mid-2024

  • The Polestar 3 is related to the new Volvo EX90 seven-seater EV.

  • The EPA estimates the range at 300 miles (483 kilometers).

Polestar has now started the production of the Polestar 3 premium three-row electric SUV in China, a few months before American production is scheduled to begin.

Indeed, the automaker says it intends for the Polestar 3 to start rolling down the production line in South Carolina toward the middle of 2024, after which it will be introduced for sales in the United States and Canada.

This means that the Polestar 3 will be produced alongside the closely related Volvo EX90, which is also expected to arrive later this year.

While the Polestar 3 will be too expensive to receive US EV tax credits, the company says that the decision to manufacture it in North America will allow it to be more competitive in one of the largest markets for electric vehicles in the world. In addition, Polestar claims manufacturing the SUV locally will help it achieve lower delivery times and better parts accessibility.

While production had initially been scheduled to start in August of last year, the automaker faced supply chain issues that forced it to push back the start of manufacturing.

Polestar 3 | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The Polestar 3 will only be the second model from the young brand to be sold in North America (excluding the Polestar 1 PHEV coupe of which only about 1,500 units were made worldwide). In China, the smaller Polestar 4 has already entered production, but it will have to wait toward the end of the year for its launch on our market.

The small Swedish automaker hopes that adding two electric SUVs to its lineup by the end of 2024 will help it achieve commercial success, especially now that Volvo has decided to relinquish its shares in Polestar, leaving only parent company Geely to run the show.

As a luxury three-row SUV, the Polestar 3 will square off against the Tesla Model X and the Rivian R1S, along with its cousin the EX90, of course.

To do so, the Polestar 3 will bank on its performance, with a standard 489 horsepower and 620 lb-ft of torque output that can be boosted up to 517 horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque with the available Performance Pack, which also includes an active air suspension and 22-inch wheels.

The EPA estimates the range of the Polestar 3 to be about 300 miles (483 kilometres) on a full charge, which is the average for its category.

Source: CarBuzz

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