Polestar (Nasdaq: PSNY), the premium electric performance car company, announces a robust performance for the first half of 2022 with record deliveries and a very strong order book. Continued development in existing and new markets is driving substantial growth in customer demand.
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2023 Polestar 2 Electric Vehicle (Photo: Business Wire)
The Swedish company, which listed on the Nasdaq New York stock exchange in late June, delivered approximately 21,200 cars in the first six months of 2022, more than doubling deliveries from 9,510 cars in the same period in 2021 – an increase of almost 125%.
Global order take rose to 50,000 since the start of 2022, up more than 350% year-on-year, as the company continues to see strong customer demand as well as booking the first portion of Hertz orders. With this strong performance, Polestar reaffirms its full year target of delivering 50,000 cars.
“It is great to see that the number of enthusiastic Polestar 2 customers is growing so quickly,” says Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. “I am very confident that the strong momentum we have seen this year in brand awareness and sales figures will accelerate powerfully in the coming years as more ground-breaking cars are revealed.”
Polestar expanded its global presence during the first six months of 2022 from 19 markets to 25, while the number of retail locations rose from 103 to 125 around the globe, with approximately 30 more expected to open by the end of 2022. This increased retail presence drove the number of test drives up by over 210%, a key indication of growing consumer interest in the brand.
The company also announced that following prolonged government mandated COVID-19 lockdowns in China during the first half of 2022- which delayed production of Polestar vehicles- it is now pushing on with the introduction of a second shift in the factory. This will recover some of the production lost earlier in the year and clear the path for future growth.
The next major step for Polestar will be its entry into the SUV segment with the global launch of the electric performance SUV, Polestar 3, in October. The SUV market is one of the highest growth and margin segments in the automotive industry, especially in the United States. Customers can expect to be able to order Polestar 3 on the day of the premiere in October.
“Polestar 3 will stand out amongst other SUV offerings and boost our growth trajectory. It also represents the expansion of our manufacturing footprint into the United States as we become even more global. It is an important next step towards our goal of selling 290,000 cars in 2025 – ten times more than we sold in 2021,” concludes Thomas Ingenlath.
Polestar Automotive Holding UK PLC (Nasdaq: PSNY) (“Polestar”) is a Swedish premium electric vehicle manufacturer. Founded by Volvo Car AB (publ.) (together with its subsidiaries, “Volvo Cars”) and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd (“Geely”), in 2017, Polestar enjoys specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefits from significant economies of scale as a result.
Polestar is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and its vehicles are currently available and on the road in markets across Europe, North America, China and Asia Pacific. By 2023, the company plans that its cars will be available in an aggregate of 30 markets. Polestar cars are currently manufactured in two facilities in China, with additional future manufacturing planned in the USA.
Polestar has produced two electric performance cars. The Polestar 1 was built between 2019 and 2021 as a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT with a carbon fibre body, 609 hp, 1,000 Nm and an electric-only range of 124 km (WLTP) – the longest of any hybrid car in the world at the time.
The Polestar 2 electric performance fastback is the company’s first fully electric, high volume car. The Polestar 2 model range includes three variants with a combination of long- and standard range batteries as large as 78 kWh, and dual- and single-motor powertrains with as much as 300 kW / 408 hp and 660 Nm.
From 2022, Polestar plans to launch one new electric vehicle per year, starting with Polestar 3 – the company’s first electric performance SUV which is expected to debut in October 2022. Polestar 4 is expected to follow in 2023, a smaller electric performance SUV coupe.
In 2024, the Polestar 5 electric performance 4-door GT is planned to be launched as the production evolution of Polestar Precept – the manifesto concept car Polestar released in 2020 that showcases the brand’s future vision in terms of design, technology, and sustainability. As the company seeks to reduce its climate impact with every new model, Polestar aims to produce a truly climate-neutral car by 2030.
In early March 2022, Polestar revealed its second concept car, an electric performance roadster which builds on the design, technology and sustainability ambitions laid out by Precept and showcases the brand’s vision for future sports cars. The hard-top convertible presents an evolution of the unique design language first shown by Precept and emphasises a dynamic driving experience. The concept further develops the focus on sustainability and technology, aiming towards greater circularity.
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