Polestar 2 is a new EV from automaker Polestar that offers 270 miles of range for just over $40,000 after federal tax credit. What’s incredible about these otherwise daily driver looking electric cars is that this comes with 476 horsepower. That’s almost in Corvette territory.
The Polestar 2 is packed with cool features you’ll love. The LED headlights have a cornering function to follow your directional path on the road. Additionally, the Polestar 2 comes with a panoramic roof and 20-inch forged alloy wheels. They give it an upscale appearance quite different from many of the first-gen electric cars with tiny or low-rolling resistance tires that appear plastic by comparison. Moreover, frameless mirrors complete the sleek exterior look.
So what’s different from the original Polestar? First off, it has four doors and a different profile. Brighter lighting complements crisper lines in the exterior body. The new car has smart door handles, a foot-operated tailgate, Harman Kardon premium sound system and sustainable WeaveTech vegan upholstery. You can even get upmarket Brembo brakes with the long-range version.
To start, the Polestar 1 is a performance hybrid two-door sports coupe, with only 1,500 made worldwide. The Polestar 1 has napa leather upholstery, an Orrefors crystal gear shift, a digital access key and unique orange wiring in the trunk that provided access to the rear-wheel motors. It’s a GT driver’s car that’s totally unique to the marketplace.
In contrast, the Polestar 2 is a daily driver that’s all-electric, with a square rear that sets it apart from other similar vehicles but a more standard shape and design. A large digital screen similar to a Tesla’s control panel sits on the center console, providing access to maps, phone and other functions. The wood in the interior of the Polestar 2 is reconstructed and recycled to go with the vegan upholstery. The car even has collision avoidance, air quality and weather reports and up to 270 miles on a single charge.
Get this: the Polestar 2 can also tow up to 2,000 pounds. That’s not a stat we see automakers bragging about much with EVs given their marginal range so far. The Polestar 2 can still accelerate from zero to 60 miles-per-hour in 4.2 seconds, which is sportscar territory. The performance pack actually improves the performance of the powertrain with a software download to alter configurations of the motor output. The long-range motor and higher performance will set you back $51,900, but the range is about the same as the shorter-range version. It’s the performance that changes.
Furthermore, the lower-end Polestar 2 has a completely adequate 231 horsepower and zero to 60 time of a somewhat slow seven seconds. Polestar even tracks its cars’ carbon footprints from cradle to grave.
Polestar just announced they will start delivering EVs to Hertz as rental vehicles, which will replace 65,000 gasoline cars with EVs over the next five years. Hertz is also expected to use Polestar’s electric SUV called the Polestar 3. The cars are available to rent in Europe this spring and in the U.S. and Australia by late 2022.
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