Polestar said supply issues that lingered after China’s COVID-19 lockdowns earlier this year will weigh on results the electric-car maker is releasing next month, though it’s sticking with its full-year deliveries target.
The Volvo plant in Luqiao, China, that produces the Polestar 2 was hamstrung or stopped entirely for almost eight weeks in the spring, and the company is still scrambling to get enough computer chips and other essential parts.
Polestar handed over just 9,215 of those sedans to buyers during the quarter ended Sept. 30. The company will need to more than double that figure this quarter to reach its 50,000-vehicle target for the year, as it’s delivered 30,400 so far.
“We basically have doubled output,” CEO Thomas Ingenlath said in an interview. “The cars are produced, the customers are waiting, the only thing left is that we deliver.”
Polestar’s shares have roughly halved since the company went public in New York in June in the biggest climate-technology SPAC deal during the first half.
Appetite to invest in startups has waned since then because of record inflation, rising interest rates and a worsening economic outlook. While drivers seem keen on the Polestar 2, the company may need to tap its main investors Volvo and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group for more cash, Bernstein analysts said in June.
Polestar is evaluating funding options including both debt and equity, the CEO said.
On the bright side, demand is strong. Every car Polestar will make this year has already been sold, though that is somewhat common across the industry as customers switch to EVs faster than many auto executives expected.
Polestar’s queue also lengthened substantially in April, when Hertz ordered 65,000 cars for its rental fleet at an undisclosed price. Ingenlath said Polestar, which is targeting around 290,000 EV sales by 2025, is experiencing “robust demand.”
Next week, the manufacturer will unveil the Polestar 3, which will give the manufacturer a presence in the lucrative SUV segment.
It’s the first model Polestar developed from scratch, without drawing significantly on parts and engineering from Volvo.
Ingenlath said the Polestar 3 will be sportier than Tesla’s Model Y, likening it to the Porsche Cayenne. “I mean that type of aspirational car,” he said.