Here's What We Know About the Upcoming Polestar 2 Electric Car
【Summary】We take a comprehensive look at Volvo's first-ever battery-powered performance machine, the Polestar 1.
Swedish automaker Volvo recently unveiled its first-ever battery-only all-electric vehicle, the Polestar 2. The electric vehicle joins the portfolio of Volvo's electric performance car brand, alongside the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid.
The automotive media frequently refers to the upcoming crop of new EVs as a "Tesla-killers" and the Polestar 2 could be one as well. Polestar official went on record to confirm that the Polestar 2 has been specifically designed to compete against Tesla's mass-market Model 3.
The Polestar 2 is powered by a 78 kWh battery pack, which offers a WLTP estimated range between 250 to 275 miles. The battery pack is comprised of 27 models and cooling plates which hold 324 individual pouch cell batteries, not the typical cylindrical cells used by Tesla that were co-developed by Panasonic. The battery pack will also be capable of offering up to 150 KW charging rates.
We expect the Polestar 2 to feature a dual-motor setup which gives the Polestar its all-wheel-drive setup. The electric powertrain will churn out 408 horsepower with 487 ft lbs of peak torque.
Equipped with its 78 kWh battery pack, Polestar 2 will be capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in under 4.7 seconds which is impressive but not exactly "Tesla-killer" impressive.
The Tesla Model 3 long-range AWD version comes equipped with a 75 kWh battery pack that still manages to offer 310 miles of range, a 250 kW charging rate and a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of 4.5 seconds.
Initially, Polestar 2 will be introduced with a price tag of around $63,000. A more affordable $45,000 model will later join the launch edition model in the car's lineup.
The Polestar 2's production for Sweden, United States, Canada, China, Germany, UK, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands is scheduled to begin in February 2020 in Luqiao, China.
The company will also offer a subscription service option that will cover maintenance and insurance costs. Polestar is also working on opening up to 60 stores by next year. Thanks to the car's over-the-air update capability, Polestar does not feel the need to set up traditional dealership network.
Other key feature highlights of the Polestar 2 include an 11.5-inch infotainment display powered by Google's Android Auto OS. that comes with Google Maps, Google Play and Google Assistant built in. The cabin also gets another 12.3-inch driver display which comes equipped with Android Auto connectivity.
At first look, the Polestar 2's design language offers one of the most upscale and premium aesthetics in the segment today and could very well rival the Tesla Model 3.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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