Back in 2017, Volvo’s racing team turned tuning arm, Polestar, were officially announced as Volvo’s standalone electric performance brand. Debuting with the very strong Polestar 1, they hit the ground running, offering a 592bhp hybrid coupe. Now, two years on, they’ve introduced us to Polestar 2; their first all-electric car.
Unlike the Polestar 1, that was strictly limited to just 1,500 units, Polestar 2 is a full-scale production EV that has set its sights firmly on the Tesla Model 3. In fact, the Polestar 2 is so focused on beating Tesla’s newest model that Polestar has called out the Tesla Model 3 in the first paragraph of their press release.
So, what have they equipped the Polestar 2 with for this tough competition? Well, for starters, they’ve given the Polestar 2 a 78kWh battery that gives it a targeted range of 311 miles. Utilising Volvo Car Group’s adaptable Compact Modular Architecture platform (CMA), the 27-module battery pack has been integrated into the floor and contributes to the rigidity of the chassis.
As with any electric car, one of the most important questions is always about ease of use when it comes to charging. Polestar is way ahead of this, working to create a connected digital solution that is available in-car and on mobile devices. There aren’t any specifics as to what that means just yet, but Polestar say that they’re in the process of creating easy and hassle-free access to the world’s largest public charging network.
If you read our article about the Polestar 1, you’ll know that Polestar is very focused on creating cars that perform well. True to this ethos, the 4WD Polestar 2 has been gifted with the equivalent of 408hp, 487lb ft of torque and a subsequent 0-62mph sprint of less than 5 seconds. Great cornering will be handled by the stiff chassis and Öhlins dampers, whilst stopping power comes from Brembo brakes.
People interested in technology will love the interior of the new Polestar 2, simply due to the fact that it’s a hive of screens and interesting tech. With Polestar known as the ‘spearhead of Volvo Car Group technology’ they’ve been able to equip the Polestar 2 with a brand new Android powered infotainment system. The Polestar 2 is one of the first cars in the world to implement it.
The new system is described as a solid and adaptable digital environment that allows you to use apps and Google services embedded within a vehicle for the first time. These services include Google Assistant, Google Maps, the Google Play Store and advanced natural voice control.
Since their inception in 2017, Polestar have always aimed to make all of their cars connected, Polestar 2 is no exception. Clever new ‘Phone-as-Key’ technology has been implemented to enable easy car sharing, with the car being able to sense the driver’s approach through connecting with their phone. This tech also saves you ever having to scramble around your house looking for keys when you’re already late for work.
Also true to the Polestar ethos is the fact that Polestar 2 will only be available for purchase online, with the ability to access a Polestar subscription service coming later in the year. The subscription ownership model is one that is slowly gaining traction around the world, allowing a driver to pay a flat monthly sum, not worry about servicing and, in this case, swap between Polestar and Volvo vehicles on demand.
The car that you see here is the final thing, with pre-orders already open over on Polestar’s website. Polestar continues to be a very exciting and interesting brand and we can’t wait to see what else they bring forth over the coming years. What do you think of the new Polestar 2? Give us your thoughts on Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin.