Geely’s daughter and exclusive EV manufacturer, Polestar, confirmed on Wednesday the successful start of production of Polestar 4, with first deliveries to customers in China expected before the end of 2023.
The official launch in all other Polestar markets is planned for early 2024, with customer deliveries in these markets expected within the same year.
Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, commented: “The first Polestar 4 rolling off the production line today is the culmination of hard work from countless colleagues and partners. Polestar 4 stands out in design and performance, a remarkable SUV coupé in many ways.”
“It is the first Polestar to feature a virtual rear window with a world-class digital rear-view mirror. This car is vital in our growing line-up of exclusive performance EVs. It illustrates the value of our diversified and asset-light approach, using our partner and major shareholder’s development and manufacturing expertise,” he added.
Lowest carbon footprint
The Polestar 4 is the first Polestar to be manufactured at the Hangzhou Bay factory operated by Geely Holding, which is powered by renewable electricity that carries the I-REC hydropower certificate, combined with photovoltaic electricity generated on the roof of the plant.
The factory’s green credentials have played a significant role in reducing the environmental impact of Polestar 4, which has the lowest carbon footprint of any Polestar car at launch, according to the company.
The workshop adopts several methods of reducing harmful waste, including a non-chrome passivator to reduce water pollution and water-based paint to reduce volatile organic compound emissions.
There’s also dry paper box filtering in the paint shop to remove paint mist, achieve zero wastewater generation during the spraying process, and effectively reduce air conditioning energy consumption by 60%. Finally, there’s the concentrator wheel and regenerative thermal oxidizer to treat exhaust gases from the factory effectively.
Polestar 4 was launched at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2023. From the second half of 2025, additional manufacturing will be added in Busan, South Korea, for the local market and export to North American markets.
The SUV coupé is the second SUV in the Polestar line-up. In addition to incorporating design cues first seen on Polestar’s concept cars, it is also the fastest Polestar production car to date. Polestar 4 is positioned between Polestar 2 and Polestar 3 in terms of size and price.