Curbside Outtake: Polestar 1, the $150,000 Made-in-China Volvo hybrid

I spotted this car a few days ago in an industrial neighborhood near the general aviation airport in a neighboring town. I immediately recognized the Polestar logo, as other Polestar EV’s are becoming a fairly common sight, but I’d never even heard of this model before. My eyes zoomed in on the “High Modulus CFRP Body” and “Optimized Carbon Fibre Layout” markings on the side. I whipped out my phone to take a picture, then looked it up. Not a full EV like other Polestars, it was built in limited numbers in 2019-22 in Chengdu, China. Indeed, a carbon fiber body, with plug-in hybrid mechanicals from the Volvo XC90: a turbo 4 cylinder plus two electric motors. Over 600 horsepower, a 52 mile electric-only range, and 58 mpg-e in the EPA cycle. 1500 made, with a U.S. retail price of $156000. I may never see another one, so I think this makes it a future CC.