To bring the Polestar closer to the needs of the U.S. market, Volvo’s performance EV brand has launched new variants of its sport sedan, Polestar 2. The cars now offer an extended range, new configurations as well as the benefit of lower prices.
Polestar 2 extended range
Starting with the Polestar Long range Single Motor variant, the car gets a single 170 kW producing electric motor that powers just the front wheels. According to the press release issued by the Geely-owned brand, the Long range Single Motor gets an EPA estimated range of 265 miles.
Polestar also introduced the Long range Dual Motor variant. This version is powered by a dual-motor setup that produces 300 kW of power. It gets the same 78 kWh battery pack of the Single Motor which means the range drops down to 249 miles according to EPA estimates. This, according to the press release, is still an increase of 16 miles over the 2021 cars.
Powering the motors in both variants is a 78 kWh battery pack that can charge from 0-80 percent in about 40 minutes through a 150 kW public DC fast charger. Through a standard AC outlet and a 3-phase wallbox, a 0-100 percent charge could take as much as 22 hours and 8 hours, respectively.
As before, the Polestar 2 features the world debut of Google’s Android Automotive OS. This means the 11.3-inch infotainment system now functions on Google, allowing for key features like Google Assistant and Google Maps to be natively built into the car itself.
Both variants will be available with two optional packages:
- Plus Pack: This USD 4,000 package adds in a heat pump. Something that Polestar says is capable of increasing the car’s range by 10 percent under certain conditions. The pack also adds in a full-length panoramic glass roof, premium interior, Harmon Kardon audio system, vegan upholstery by WeaveTech and high-level interior illumination.
- Pilot Pack: Priced at USD 3,200 the pilot pack adds in enhanced driver assistance features as well as added safety. It adds in capabilities such as adaptive cruise control, Pilot Assist, Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Alert, all-round parking sensors as well as a 360-degree camera.
- Performance Pack: This package is priced at USD 5,000 and is only available on the Long range Dual-motor variant of the Polestar 2. It adds in mechanical features such as premium adjustable Ohlins suspension dampers, 20-inch forged alloys, Brembos for breaking, Continental sport tyres and the company’s signature ‘Swedish gold’ detailing.
There are other options that customers can choose to fit as well. For example, the company offers ventilated Nappa leather upholstery for USD 4,000. A set of 20-inch alloys costs USD 1,500, the semi-electric tow bar addition costs USD 1,200, and a metallic paint option is available for a price of USD 1,200.
The Polestar 2 Long range Single motor starts at USD 45,900, falling to USD 34,900 after federal, state, and utility schemes. The Polestar 2 Long range Dual Motor starts at USD 49,900, falling to USD 38,900 after incentives. The Polestar’s main competition comes from the Tesla Model 3 and the Audi Q4 e-tron.
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