Speaking of which, that might be one main advantage for the Polestar 2 versus the Model 3-Tesla's tax credits are phasing out, while Polestar's full $7,500 credit will be in effect for years. Two electric motors with a combined output of 300 kW power the Polestar 2 EV that has a battery capacity of 78 kWh, which should enable a WLTP range of 500 km. (It will later be offered under Polestar's subscription model.) It will still offer plenty of performance for that price, with its all-wheel-drive electric powertrain providing 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque.
Polestar 2 is the first electric vehicle that competes against the Tesla Model 3, and its starting price of $45,400 (€39,900) in Europe supports this contention.
The vehicle will be built in China by Geely, the parent company of Volvo, and will be available in 2020.
The Polestar 2 is a sedan-crossover that is set to compete directly with the Tesla Model 3. In order to maximise range and efficiency, EVs and hybrids normally settle for wheels originally designed for supermarket trolleys, but the hoops underpinning the Polestar 2 are, if anything, a little too big. "Polestar delivers electric performance cars that are great to own and drive".
With 300kW and 660Nm on tap, Polestar say the Polestar 2 will accelerate to 100km/h in under 5 seconds.
A smartphone demo from last month showed what the car's infotainment system will look like in the vehicle, with some usual Google features making an appearance like maps, calendar, phone, and media player available on the home screen.
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The Polestar 2 is fully electric. As an electric performance brand, and through the forthcoming launch of a portfolio of fully electric cars, Polestar is determined to address the world's air quality challenges.
The China-built Polestar 2 will arrive in the U.S.in early summer next year, Polestar North America chief Gregor Hembrough told Automotive News recently. Google Maps, Google Play and Google Assistant will be built into the system, so there is no need for an owner to sync their smartphone to the auto, nor will a driver ever need a key.
Volvo has also been rather forward-looking when it comes to providing its customers with new digital services, and the Polestar 2 will use the group's new Android-based infotainment platform.
Carmakers including Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and BMW are beginning deliveries of premium electric cars unveiled over the past year as they try to muscle in on a market that Tesla has dominated so far. Polestar 2 can also predetermine the driver's next move to create a seamless experience with a prepared cabin and quick start sequence.
Maximilian Missoni, head of design at Polestar, added: "We made a decision to bring something different to the segment".