Premium electric car company Polestar has announced a strong performance for the first half of 2022, with record deliveries and an encouraging order book. Continued development in existing and new markets is driving substantial growth in customer demand.
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%.
Since the start of 2022, global order also take rose to 50,000 – up more than 350% year-on-year – with the company continues to see strong customer demand as well as booking the first portion of Hertz orders. In light of this strong performance, Polestar has reaffirmed its full year target of delivering 50,000 electric cars.
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 in order to recover some of the production lost earlier in the year, clearing the path for future growth.
“It is great to see that the number of enthusiastic Polestar 2 customers is growing so quickly,” said 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 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,” Ingenlath added.