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REVIEW: The $60,000 Polestar 2 luxury EV solves the worst part about driving a Tesla


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The future-is-now characteristics are the same. The same big infotainment screen, the same minimalist interior, the same zip when the right pedal goes down. Take away my sight, and I’d be tempted to guess I’m at the wheel of the Tesla Model 3, about as good an electric car as can be driven. But I’d know better because something feels different: Things here are more substantive, more satisfying.

The interior is built to be something an actual human would use and enjoy — not a button-free, avant-garde exercise in alternative design. This is the all-new Polestar 2, you see, and it drives like a finished version of the Model 3.

Polestar as a brand might be new. But it comes from people who very much know how to build a car, and build one well. This is a piece of the future worth looking forward to. 

The 2021 Polestar 2: Cut from a new brand

Polestar was launched in October 2017 as a standalone, electrified brand from Volvo and its Chinese parent company, Geely. Despite its global headquarters located at the Volvo campus in Gothenburg, Sweden, Polestar markets itself away from its Swedish sibling. Don’t call it a Volvo, because it’s not. 

The first Polestar model was the Polestar 1: an agonizingly stylish, high-performance hybrid with a face similar to the Volvo S90. Next came the Polestar 2: a battery-only electric sedan with a slopey C-pillar, and the company’s first EV.

Built in Luqiao, China, the Polestar 2 quickly established itself as a champion of sustainability. In addition to running without reliance on fossil fuels, the 2 also touts seat fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles, interior plastics made with waste cork products, and carpets woven from recycled fishing nets. 

While Polestar will only build 1,500 examples of the 1 globally due to its position as the brand messenger and halo car, the 2 is what the automaker hopes will be the volume seller. In 2021, Polestar aims to deliver tens of thousands. 

Whereas Volvo’s electrified future will always be somewhat reliant on hybrid cars, a Polestar spokesperson said that there is no internal-combustion engine future in its portfolio. It’s going to be all battery-electric from here on out. 

Details and safety ratings: Looks great on paper

Built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture, which debuted with the Volvo XC40 compact crossover, the 2 uses two electric motors connected to its front and rear axles. The car, then, is all-wheel drive. Total system output is a claimed 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque.

There’s a 400-volt lithium-ion battery with a 78-kilowatt-hour capacity. DC charging — a type of fast charging — takes 40 minutes to reach 80% capacity at 150 kilowatts. Polestar estimates the 2 to hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds, 100 mph in 10.8 seconds, and do the quarter-mile in 12.76 seconds.

The Polestar 2’s European WLTP range estimate is 291 miles, while the EPA gives it 233 miles. WLTP estimates tend to be more optimistic than EPA estimates.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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