A brand-new Polestar electric car caught fire while recharging outside the home of its new owner at Lilleaker in Oslo Saturday night. Police reported flames coming out from under the hood when they arrived at the scene.
The owner of the car told police he had just taken delivery four days earlier of his new Polestar, which is owned by Geely of China and Volvo Cars. Police said it was a Polestar 2 model, manufactured in China, that burned.
Polestar officials contradicted police reports and claimed the car only started smoking, denying there were any open flames. A preliminary investigation into the incident by a team from Polestar in Sweden suggested the fire was not related to the car’s main battery.
Around 2,200 new Polestars were recalled in early October, including 800 in Norway, after reports that the cars suddenly lost power while being driven. Around 1,500 Polestar electric cars have been sold in Norway, which offers generous tax breaks and other incentives to encourage use of zero-emission vehicles.