Polestar 3 is now available with a Luminar lidar-equipped version available from pre-orders starting from February 2. Both companies gave a joint statement saying that the Polestar 5 four-door GT will also have Luminar’s sensing technology. The Polestar 3 was first unveiled in October 2022, the deliveries are expected to begin by this year’s end.
The newly-announced variant which has Luminar’s tech will get to customers at the end of 2024. Even without the Lidar, the Polestar 3 is available with a suite of safety devices including five exterior radar modules and five cameras, as well as twelve ultrasonic sensors, which are complemented by two more cameras for the inside, plus an interior radar designed to prevent hot car deaths. Both the Polestar 3 and the Polestar 5 will integrate Luminar’s long-range lidar and software into the roofline, similar to the recently unveiled Volvo EX90 electric SUV, which gets lidar as standard in the United States.
Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath said, “Luminar is at the forefront of lidar technology development and this closer collaboration will allow for greater innovation in our cars to come. We look forward to combining our R&D and product design expertise to deliver truly stunning lidar integration and capabilities for the Polestar brand.”
Orders for the Polestar 3 with lidar are already open for the European and North American markets, with Australia following later in February and China in mid-April. With a maximum output of up to 517 horsepower with the optional Performance Pack and an estimated range of around 300 miles (484 kilometers), Polestar’s performance SUV will go into production in mid-2023 in China, while Volvo’s factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina will start assembling the EV in mid-2024.
In addition to the Polestar 3 news, Luminar has confirmed that Polestar intends to deepen its partnership and integrate lidar technology into its Polestar 5 GT, expected to launch sometime in 2024. This is truly just a confirmation of a planned integration mentioned by Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath in December of 2021 when the automaker laid out its plans for a new EV model every year through 2025. The Polestar 5 four-door grand tourer is reportedly getting a dual-motor powertrain capable of up to 871 horsepower and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque, as well as an 800-volt architecture that enables a charge to 80 percent state of charge in approximately 20 minutes. Polestar 3 orders including lidar are available in Europe and North America today followed by Australia later this month and China by mid-April. The technology would mean the company is working on autonomous technology as well. Possibly collaborating with other companies to advance the process.