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PSNY Stock Alert: What to Know as Polestar 4 Production Begins

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  • Polestar (PSNY) has begun production of its Polestar 4, an SUV coupe.
  • Some Polestar 4 models will be made in South Korea to avoid U.S. trade policies against China.
  • The Polestar 3 is also due to be made in South Carolina next year.
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Polestar (NASDAQ:PSNY), the Swedish electric vehicle (EV) company controlled by China’s Geely (OTCMKTS:GELYF), has begun production of its Polestar 4 with deliveries due to start in December. Polestar cars destined for North America will be made at a Renault (OTCMKTS:RNLSY) plant in South Korea while others will be made at a Geely plant in China.

PSNY stock is currently up more than 4% on the news. Shares opened on Nov .15 at $2.23 per share and a market capitalization of around $4.6 billion on estimated 2023 sales of $2.7 billion.

PSNY Stock: Geely’s Global Effort

The Polestar 4 represents a “staggering feat of globalization” meant to get around U.S. policies against Chinese goods. Federal tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act can be applied on batteries from South Korea. The move also “helps avoid a 25% U.S. import tariff currently applied to models from China.”

The Polestar 4 is called an “electric SUV coupe.” From the outside, it looks a bit like a Toyota (NYSE:TM) Corolla. But it claims to be as roomy as a family car.

The most controversial part of the design is the lack of a rear window. The Polestar 4 relies on a camera instead.

Polestar recently cut its production guidance for 2025. The company now hopes for gross margins “in the high teens” from total annual volume of 155,000 vehicles to 165,000 vehicles. That’s up from 60,000 cars to be delivered this year.

For the third quarter, Polestar reported a net loss of $155 million on revenue of $613 million.

In addition to the Polestar 4, the company still expects to start making the Polestar 3 early next year. The vehicle will be based on a platform shared with parent Volvo (OTCMKTS:VLVLY). The Polestar 3 will also be made at a plant in South Caroina. A Polestar 5 has already been announced for 2025 as well.

Geely bought the Volvo brand from Ford (NYSE:F) for $1.8 billion in 2010. Volvo then acquired Polestar, once a racing brand, in 2015.

What Happens Next?

In 2025, the EV market is going to be very crowded, with Chinese, German and Japanese companies all planning to ramp up production. Expect bargains at dealer showrooms and some losers in the stock market.

On the date of publication, Dana Blankenhorn did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Dana Blankenhorn has been a financial and technology journalist since 1978. He is the author of Technology’s Big Bang: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Moore’s Law, available at the Amazon Kindle store. Tweet him at @danablankenhorn, connect with him on Mastodon or subscribe to his Substack.


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