The Polestar 2 is powered by a 78-kilowatt-hour battery and delivers 408 hp, with an estimated full-charge range of 275 miles. The sedan takes a leap in connectivity with the first use in a production car of Google’s new Android Automotive for its infotainment system.
“The Polestar 2 is a messenger of things to come,” Hembrough said.
Polestar declined to reveal sales targets for the year or say how many advance reservations are on the books. But about half of the 2020 allotment for the U.S. has been spoken for. Early interest in the electric sedan is coming from customers of Tesla and European luxury brands. Polestar anticipates a 60 to 65 percent lease rate.
In addition to launching the brand during shelter-in-place orders, Polestar must bring a franchised retail network to life.
The automaker is shunning the traditional retail model in favor of selling its cars online only. But it is not shunning dealers.
Polestar will have small, low-cost “spaces” in malls and mixed-use urban…