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The Polestar 1 Coupe Is a Different Breed of Plug-In Hybrid

Volvo’s subsidiary isn’t making many of them, but they’re going to have a big impact.

Polestar 1 launch, New York City. 
Photographer: Patrick Gosling / Beadyeye

“Is it a Volvo?”

That’s all anyone wanted to know when they heard I drove the new Polestar 1 hybrid up the hills of New York’s Bear Mountain State Park last week. (Volvo Cars purchased Polestar in 2015 and jointly owns the brand with Chinese automaker Geely.)