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Polestar 1's all-electric range falls well-short of expectations

The Polestar 1 coupe is slated to start being delivered to customers in 2021.

Photo courtesy of Polestar

The Polestar 1 is the automaker's first fully branded automobile since Polestar was made into an independent manufacturer. The performance coupe shined with the expectation of delivering a hybrid, engaging drive when it debuted in 2017.

It was initially said that the plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) powertrain of the Polestar 1 could achieve up to 150 km (93 miles) of all-electric range (NDEC). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, that promise falls well-short of reality.

The Polestar 1 is powered by a hybrid powertrain that utilizes a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the Volvo XC90 T8 and matches it with two electric motors that power the rear wheels. There is a 34.0-kilowatt-hour battery.

2020 Polestar 1 battery The car comes equipped with a 34-kilowatt-hour battery.Photo courtesy of Polestar

According to the automaker, the car has a power output is 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. Polestar says that the car can get to 100 km/hm off the line in 4.2 seconds.

According to EPA estimates, the car has an all-electric range of 52 miles and a total range of 470 miles. That electric range is only 55 percent of what was promised originally and is eight miles shorter than what Polestar has listed as the range on their U.S.-facing website.

Those numbers are good for 58 MPGe and 26 mpg combined out of the 15.9-gallon gas tank.

2020 Polestar 1 website Polestar's website currently claims the model gets 60 miles of range after initially saying it would have 93 miles of all-electric capability.Inset image courtesy of Polestar

The comparable 2020 BMW 530e has just 21 miles of all-electric range and 350 miles of overall range (12.1-gallon gas tank). It's priced at just one-third the price of the Polestar 1. The Mercedes-Benz S560e has 19 miles of all-electric range but a 510-mile overall range (21.1-gallon gas tank). It is only 70-percent the cost of the Polestar 1.

Despite having a plug-in powertrain, the EPA estimates that the average owner of the Polestar 1 and BMW 530e will spend $500 more in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle. The average Mercedes-Benz S560e owner will spend $1,250 more.

EPA Polestar 1 Image courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency

The Polestar 1 is on sale for $155,000. The company will make just 1,500 units of the Polestar 1, at the rage of 500 per year for the next three years. The first deliveries are slated to take place in early 2021.

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This photo of the Nikola Badger greets customers on the company's website.

Photo courtesy of Nikola Corporation

The Nikola Badger, without ever being given a thorough once-over by the public (even in prototype form), is bringing in 1,500 reservations per day in the dawn of product's open-for-businenss timeline according to Trevor Milton, Founder and Executive Chairman of Nikola Corporation.

This week on Twitter, Milton divulged the reservation numbers, as well as Nikola's plans for the marketing rollout of the model. On August 24, the company will show off photos of the truck's interior. The public will see the truck's frame, batteries, and axles on September 21. Mid-October, teaser photos of the truck "in the wild" will be released and one month later video of the full truck will be published.

Then, on December 3-5, the Nikola Badge makes it big debut as part of #NikolaWorld2020.

Milton went further, engaging with Nikola enthusiasts inviting them to have input on which version of the truck he drives onto the stage as part of the debut- one in black or blue?

Nikola is selling battery-electric (BEV) and fuel cell electric (FCEV) versions of the midsize truck. Badger BEV starts at $60,000 and has a 300-mile range. Badger FCEV models are fueled by hydrogen, have a 600-mile range and start at $80,000.

Buyers can choose from three packages for each vehicle: Honey, Predator, or Instinct. Honey requires a $5,000 deposit and gets you one of the first models off the assembly line. It is signed by Milton. Additionally, buyers received $5,000 off the purchase price of their vehicle (Nikola matches the deposit), two backstage meet-and-greet passes for Nikola World 2020, and 25 entries in a Badger giveaway contest. The deposit is fully refundable. If the purchaser uses the passes before asking for a refund, the forfeit the $250 value of the passes.

The Predator package sells for $1,000. It includes $1,000 off the purchase price of their vehicle (Nikola matches the deposit), two tickets to Nikola World 2020, and five entries in a Badger giveaway contest. The deposit is fully refundable. If the purchaser uses the passes before asking for a refund, the forfeit the $250 value of the passes.

Nikola's Instinct package is structured similarly and is priced at $250. It features a Nikola-matched $250 off the purchase price of their vehicle, one ticket to Nikola World 2020, and one entry in a Badger giveaway contest. The deposit is fully refundable. If the purchaser uses the passes before asking for a refund, the forfeit the $250 value of the passes.

The Honey Badger packages is sold out with around 1,000 reservations taken. Milton says that sales have so far netted around $100 million in future revenue. According to his tweet thread, Milton is also publicly committing to being transparent regarding sales figures. something that chief rival Tesla has not done regarding Cybertruck reservations.

Nikola Badger interior Nikola released this rendering of the interior of the Badger last year. Photo courtesy of Nikola Corporation

According to data received by Finbold.com, reservations for the Tesla Cybertruck amount to more than the total number of vehicles the company made in 2018 and 2019, combined.

Production of both vehicle is slated to begin in 2021. Meanwhile, GMC has plans to put its Hummer all-electric truck on sale around the same time and an EV version of the Ford F-150 is on a similar timeline.

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Porsche's new custom chronograph takes its design cues from the 911.

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Personalization continues to grow in popularity, not just as an offering by automakers for the vehicles, but for the lifestyle arms of their business. Porsche is no exception. Beginning July 1, Porsche Design will offer customers in Germany the opportunity to design a custom chronograph. In September, the offering will begin expanding to Great Britain and the U.S.

"There is great global demand for custom personalisation from the factory. Around 90 percent of all 911 models are personalised for customers using equipment from Exclusive Manufaktur. Twenty-five percent of all vehicles delivered around the world from this product line pass through the Exclusive Manufaktur workshop, in which special customer wishes are also brought to life," says Alexander Fabig, Head of Personalization and Classic.

Porsche Design custom chronograph

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

"The cooperation with Porsche Design has been successful over the course of many years. From the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series through to the current 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, seven limited-edition Porsche Design timepieces matching the individual vehicles have already been offered."

"With the innovative 'Porsche Design custom-built timepieces' concept, we are now offering customers the possibility of designing a timepiece to match their individual Porsche," adds Jan Becker, CEO Porsche Design Group. "No other timepiece brand or automotive manufacturer currently offers such a personalized and exclusive timepiece concept."

Each custom timepiece is manufacturer in the company's own workshop in Switzerland. Numerous visual and technical personalization elements are offered including the opportunity to choose the color of the case and dial; material of the wrist strap; and the design and color of the automatic movement rotor.

Porsche Design custom chronograph There are 1.5 million customization options available.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

The case of each chronograph is titanium. Customers can choose between a glass bead-blasted or PVD titanium carbide-coated black case. The dial falls into line with the design of the 911, and is reminiscent of the cars' instrument cluster and rev counter. The wrist strap options include the choice of a titanium strap with black or titanium-coloured surface and a leather strap, whose material and color options are based on the interior and exterior of the 911. The leather strap can be finished with contrast stitching using genuine Porsche vehicle thread.

There are 1.5 million possible combinations.

The timepiece features the Porsche Design WERK 01.100, a chronograph movement with chronometer certification that was developed in-house. The timepiece winds itself automatically while worn.

A message, name, or the chassis number of the owner's vehicle can be engraved on the bottom of the timepiece

Porsche Design custom chronograph The leather is stitched using the same Porsche thread that is inside the 911.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Customers can build their model using the web-based Porsche Design Timepieces Configurator or design and order their chronograph as part of the vehicle consulting process in participating Porsche Centres (or with the experts at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur in Zuffenhausen).

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