A “premium compact electric,” the Polestar 2 is intended as a direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3. It will eventually be priced from about $45,500, (£34,500) but for the first 12 months you’ll just be able to buy the loaded $68,000(£51,400) launch edition. Those prices do not reflect any possible tax credits for buying an EV. The Model 3 is currently priced from $35,000 (£26,500) to $69,000 (£52,150).
“As an electric performance brand, and through the forthcoming launch of a portfolio of fully electric cars, Polestar is determined to address the world’s air quality challenges. Polestar delivers electric performance cars that are great to own and drive,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar.
Polestar 2 interior
Inside the similarities with Volvo continue. The steering wheel? Polestar badge aside, it’s from a Volvo. The front seats? Yep, those are from a Volvo too. The vents? The door handles? You get the idea.
None of this is a bad thing, though, as Volvo makes some superb interiors in terms of quality, while its seats are often some of the comfiest and most adjustable around.
Optimised electric drivetrain
300 kW of power, 660 Nm of torque and a targeted range of 500 km/275 miles. 0 to 100 km/h in less than five seconds. All-wheel drive. The Polestar 2 has an all-electric drivetrain with the option of a performance package featuring Brembo brakes and adjustable Öhlins dampers. With front and rear DC to AC inverters, an 11kW on-board charger, a 27-module lithium-ion battery with 78 kWh capacity (72 kWh in China), and EFAD + ERAD permanent magnetic motors, the Polestar 2 is a paragon of electric performance and efficiency.