Polestar brings a less expensive, single-motor Polestar 2 to the US

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A Polestar 2 (foreground) and a Polestar 1 (background) at Polestar's showroom in Marin County, California.
Enlarge / A Polestar 2 (foreground) and a Polestar 1 (background) at Polestar’s showroom in Marin County, California.

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In 2020, we obtained our first drive within the then-new Polestar 2, an electrical fastback sedan from a startup automaker owned by Volvo and Geely. The automotive had an ideal inside and a few nifty infotainment options courtesy of Google’s Android Automotive OS.

At launch, there was only one powertrain possibility: a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup with a mixed 408 hp (300 kW) and 486 lb-ft (660 Nm), powered by a 78 kWh (75 kWh web) lithium-ion battery. However the firm has now added a second, cheaper Polestar 2 to its US lineup. The brand new possibility makes do with only a single electrical motor that powers the entrance wheels.

Polestar has turned up the ability on this motor in comparison with the otherwise-identical models you’d discover in case you dissected an AWD Polestar 2; it now generates 231 hp (170 kW), though it nonetheless makes an equivalent 243 lb-ft (330 Nm). Battery capability stays unchanged at 75 kWh web, and that is adequate for an EPA vary of 270 miles (434 km).

It might need a bit lower than half the ability on faucet, however the single-motor Polestar 2 just isn’t (fairly) twice as gradual—0–60 mph nonetheless takes simply seven seconds, which was thought of fairly quick not that way back.

As you may anticipate, skipping on a second motor saves some cash. At $45,900 earlier than tax incentives (or the $1,300 vacation spot cost) the single-motor Polestar 2 is $4,000 cheaper than the AWD model. Past that, it gives all the identical choices. You will get the $3,200 Pilot pack (which provides some superior driver-assistance techniques), the $4,000 Plus pack (which features a warmth pump, that cool WeaveTech cloth on the seats, and energy adjustment for these seats), and the $5,000 Efficiency pack (which incorporates summer season tires, some extraordinarily fancy Öhlins dampers, and bigger wheels).



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