Polestar to cut back on production despite record start to 2022

Polestar has achieved record sales for the first four months of 2022 but has trimmed its sales targets for the year amid lockdowns in China.

In the first four months of the year, vehicle sales more than doubled to approximately 13,600 and the Company’s order take more than tripled to nearly 23,000 compared to the same period in 2021.

During the period, Polestar increased its global presence to 23 markets, up from 19 at the end of 2021, putting the company on track to meet its target of 30 markets in aggregate by the end of 2023. New markets in the Middle East and Europe will be joined by Spain and Portugal imminently. Plans are underway to begin operations in Israel and Italy later in 2022.

In addition, Polestar has announced a global partnership with the car rental company Hertz to supply 65,000 cars over the next five years.

However, as a result of prolonged government COVID-19 lockdowns in China during the first half of 2022, Polestar says it has now announced a reduction to the number of customer vehicle sales that it will be able to deliver in 2022 from 65,000 to approximately 50,000.

The reduction for 2022 is 100% attributable to the lockdowns in China, the manufacturer stated. Through an implementation of a rapid response plan, including an accelerated introduction of a second production shift at the factory, Polestar plans to recover some of the production loss it has suffered later in the year and says it remains confident it will deliver its targeted sales volumes for 2023 through 2025.

“We promised growth and we are delivering on that promise,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “The fundamentals driving the growth in sales of electric cars remain in place and the momentum is stronger than the uncertainties we are witnessing right now. Any short- to medium-term economic effects have not dented our goal of selling 290,000 cars in 2025 – 10 times more than we sold in 2021.

“We believe our future growth will be further accelerated by our entry into the lucrative SUV market later this year with the world premiere in October of the long-awaited Polestar 3 electric performance SUV. Polestar 3, which will be manufactured in the US and China, will stand out amongst other SUV offerings and boost our strong growth trajectory to take us into our next phase.”