On February 27, 2019 Polestar reveal their first all electric vehicle. I intended to publish this video that week of their announcement but then Tesla announced a slew of huge announcements, with one of them being the long anticipated $35,000 Model 3.
Let’s take a look at the long anticipated Polestar 2 to see exactly what Volvo has cooked up for their very first EV.
78 kWh battery
500 km (WLTP) or around 250-275 mi EPA
Pouch style cells that make up 324 cells, 27 modules with cooling plates
300 kW AWD dual motor, 408 horsies, and 487 lb ft of torque
Bluetooth phone key
Wireless phone charging
Up to 150 kW charging rates
Android Auto on 12.3 driver display and 11.5 infotainment display which include apps like Google Maps, Google Assistant, Google Play app store
Over the air updates
Retail experience - 60 stores open by 2020
Monthly subscription option which will cover insurance and any service needs
Price and delivery:
Starting price of $45,000 (39,900 EUR) but will be delayed to prioritize the higher priced variants.
$63,000 (55,562 EUR) launch edition will include an AWD 300kW, pano glass roof, weave tech seats, Harmon Kardon sound
Production begins in February of 2020 for China, Canada, United States (beginning in California and Washington state), Sweden, Norway, UK, Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium.
Here’s what I like about the car:
I like that they’re leveraging Google software to power the in-car experience, including charging locations and charge rates now built directly into Google Maps. This should bode well for them and provide a seamless software experience for the owner.
The online sales model should also fair well for Polestar as they will completely circumvent the traditional dealership experience and keep overhead cost low.
The subscription model, I expect, will be a common way for people to utilize a vehicle - especially a vehicle that includes technology that changes every 6-12 months.
Though not my personal design preference, the interior and exterior design of the vehicle should appeal well to many people as it carries over many Volvo-esque elements like the Thor hammer lights, rear taillights, and overall minimalist approach.
Here’s what I expect to be a challenge for Polestar:
The performance specs are pretty good until you compare it to their self-admitted competition, the Model 3.
Polestar 2 78 kWh pack gets you 275 miles, 0-60 in 4.7 sec, charge rate of 150 kW, with third party charging network
Model 3 Long Range AWD 75 kWh pack gets you 310 miles, 0-60 in 4.5 sec, charge rate of 250 kW, with proprietary charging network.
In summary, the Polestar 2 is truly an impressive car in many ways. I think it will appeal to a broad audience, the design is very approachable, and the implementation of Google software into the in-car experience will be a huge appeal. That being said, I am holding my breathe to see how consumers react to the subpar performance specs when comparing it to their competitor, the Model 3.