Polestar 2, the first all electric vehicle from Volvo’s EV performance brand has been revealed today.
2 Electric motors and a 78 kWh battery power the new all electric EV producing a nifty 500 km of range. The all-wheel drive electric powertrain in Polestar 2 produces 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm (487 lb-ft). This translates to a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of less than 5 seconds.
The vehicle is pitched as a direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3 with the company stating “Polestar 2 is the first electric car to compete in the marketplace around the Tesla Model 3, with the range starting at a guide price of 39,900 euros.” However the 39,000 Euro price tag doesn’t apply to the first batch of vehicles dubbed “Launch Edition”. These will fetch $63,000 before the federal incentive of $7,500.
The vehicle can be upgraded to the Performance Pack that improves driving dynamics with Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels. Polestar’s signature gold seat belts, brake callipers and valve caps complete the performance visuals.
The infotainment system will be powered by Android OS bringing with it Google Assistant, Google Maps with support for electric vehicles and the Google Play Store. It will also include natural voice control and a new 11-inch touch screen display bring the new interface to life.
Phone-as-Key technology allows Polestar 2 to sense the driver upon approach. Smart features like enlarged graphics in the instrument cluster allow the driver to easily see the charging status and range before entering the car. It will also enable car sharing if so desirfed.
Polestar 2 Vs Tesla Model 3 Specs
|Polestar 2||Tesla Model 3|
|Battery||78 kWh||55 kWh|
|0-100 Km/h (Secs)e||5||3.5|
|Range||500 Km||530 Km|
|Starting Price||39,900 Euros||39000 Euros|