Further evidence that the market is sorting out the push to electric vehicles: Polestar, the Swedish electric performance car company, rolled out a concept sportscar (Polestar 6) and 500 build slots sold out within a week of the production announcement.
The electric roadster concept was introduced Aug. 16 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance events in California. The car is expected to launch in 2026. Polestar plans to launch four new EVs within five years. This begins with the world debut of the company’s first electric performance SUV – Polestar 3 – in October 2022.
“The high interest from our customers shows that a stunning electric roadster like Polestar 6 has high relevance in the sportscar arena,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “The open-top-plus-electric combination is clearly one that appeals to even the most die-hard petrolheads.”
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OPUS makes the Michelin list
Big news on the Canadian hotel front as Vancouver’s OPUS was named to the MICHELIN Guide, named one of the best hotels in the city. The MICHELIN Guides are a series of books that award stars to hotels and restaurants for excellence, considered a relevant, independent source for travellers that can have a big impact on the establishment’s success.
“In a perfect world, Vancouver might have a half-dozen hotels like this – but in the real world we’ve got to make do with just one. OPUS Hotel Vancouver is, first of all, quite possibly the best-located hotel in town…” – The MICHELIN Guide says about OPUS.
OPUS is on Davie St. in Yaletown, and is a luxury hotel that really focuses on the little details, and those add up. A spa bathroom with heated floors. Plush, pillow top King bed. MALIN+GOETZ body wash in the shower. Deep-soak tub. Samsung 40-inch LED TV. Frette bathrobes. Dyson Supersonic hair dryer (that blew my wife’s mind), Herman Miller ergonomic chairs and a Nespresso coffee machine. Just unplug and unwind, and everything that is B.C. is just outside your window. The OPUS suites have wrap-around balconies.
“You want the hotel to be a curated west coast experience that people dive right into,” hotel general manager Sarah Vallely says. “When I go to Toronto I want to feel like i am in Toronto. There’s also a certain vibe to Toronto that you get. Toronto and New York are similar. That grit, rush, a fast-paced cool city, and you better be dressed up when you walk out the door. You get the west coast vibe here.”
Opus Hotel front entrance
Opus Hotel, mural where guests take a pic, tag #itslovebaby for a chance to win a night in their Signature Suite, cocktails, breakfast for two and valet parking