Polestar, the electric vehicle manufacturer, has new updates in manufacturing, autonomous technology, and charging capabilities.
To start, Polestar has confirmed its strategic move toward diversifying manufacturing locations. The production of the Polestar 4 in Hangzhou Bay, China, will be joined by operations in Busan, South Korea, slated to commence in the latter half of 2025.
In collaboration with Geely Holding and Renault Korea Motors (RKM), Polestar has finalized an agreement to facilitate the contract manufacturing of Polestar 4 vehicles for both the North American market and the local South Korean market at RKM's Busan plant.
The Busan facility, strategically positioned with direct access to export ports, has 23 years of industry experience and around 2,000 employees.
With environmental goals, the plant aims to slash CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. This will be realized through a dual approach involving enhancements in energy efficiency and a shift toward renewable energy sources.
Polestar’s approach, characterized by leveraging its partners and major shareholders for development and manufacturing, allows the company to operate without investing in its own production facilities. This asset-light strategy grants Polestar the advantages of partner competence, flexibility, and scalability.
Polestar Collaboration for Autonomous Driving Advancements
Polestar has teamed up with two players in the automotive technology arena — Luminar, known for its LiDAR technology, and Mobileye, provider of autonomous driving solutions.
This collaboration aims to heighten safety and bolster the future autonomous driving capabilities of the Polestar 4 by integrating Luminar’s next-generation LiDAR technology with Mobileye's Chauffeur platform.
The plans unveiled in August outlined Polestar 4 as the pioneering production car to incorporate Mobileye Chauffeur, now integrated with Luminar LiDAR.
This union builds upon the SuperVision platform, originally reliant on full-surround cameras and available in the Polestar 4 since its launch. The collective efforts of these three companies aspire to offer eyes-off, point-to-point autonomous driving on highways, along with eyes-on automated driving in various other environments.
The forthcoming Polestar 4, featuring Mobileye Chauffeur, will host three Mobileye EyeQ6 processors, Luminar's front-facing LiDAR, and Mobileye’s front-facing imaging radar. This combination will furnish the additional layers of sensing and artificial intelligence necessary to enable hands-off, eyes-off driving.
Luminar’s LiDAR, employing lasers to craft highly detailed 3D environmental maps, is uniquely engineered from the ground up with an elevated wavelength. This design fosters unparalleled performance and safety capabilities, especially tailored for production cars.
When harmonized with Mobileye’s Chauffeur platform, the outcome will be an integrated, turnkey automated system that is not only safer but also high-performing.
This collaboration isn’t just an isolated effort; it also extends the partnership between Luminar and Polestar, initially announced in January 2023, further building upon the existing relationship between Luminar and Mobileye.
'100-in-5' Fast Charging Tech for EVs
"Dubbed '100-in-5,' the technology aims to charge 100 miles (160 km) of range in just five minutes. It can seamlessly integrate into existing battery pack formats without necessitating a complete battery pack design overhaul.
At Polestar Day in Los Angeles, StoreDot showcased their XFC pouch cell charging demonstration alongside Polestar’s prototype battery module that incorporates XFC technology.
In an ongoing advanced engineering collaboration, both companies aim to exhibit StoreDot’s XFC technology at full scale in a Polestar 5 prototype by 2024.
Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, expressed, "StoreDot is making monumental advancements in extreme fast charging technology, and we take pride in being an investor and partner in its evolution. Paired with our forthcoming state-of-the-art electric powertrain, StoreDot’s pioneering extreme fast charging batteries could redefine the EV ownership experience, offering recharging in mere minutes."
Dr. Doron Myersdorf, StoreDot CEO, remarked, "Polestar has played a pivotal role as one of our key investors and collaborators in developing our XFC technology. In the coming year, we'll demonstrate how a full-scale battery module, developed in conjunction with Polestar using this groundbreaking technology, can be charged. Charging apprehensions will soon be a thing of the past."