Polestar 2 Launch Edition will cost $63,000, less-expensive variants to follow

Marco Green
February 27, 2019

This vehicle is not burdened with Tesla's mission to deliver a $35,000 price point, however, and as a result, production should top out at around 50,000 units per year (all built in China) compared to the Model 3's planned 500,000 units per year.

The design is very Volvo-like, which is unsurprising given it's built on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture.

The Model 3 and Polestar 2 are cheaper than most of the electric models launched by traditional premium carmakers so far, as Tesla and Polestar bet mass market customers are on the verge of adopting battery technology. 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 says the battery pack adds additional rigidity to the chassis. The brand said that it's implementing a connected solution that spans mobile devices and the in-car interface, using various strategic collaborations to make sure it's hassle-free.

Volvo's fully electric startup Polestar is set to reveal its second entry into the fully electric vehicle race tomorrow, February 27, at 13:00 CET / 7:00 EST / 4:00 PST.

Two electric motors will give the Polestar 2 300kWN (408hp) and 660Nm (487lb-ft).

One of the many highlights of the new all-electric Polestar 2 can be found inside, as it will be one of the first production cars to come with an Android infotainment system. Polestar 2 also uses phone-as-key technology, which can prepare the auto for driving as the driver approaches.

Speaking of the car's new look, Maximilian Missoni, Polestar's Head of Design, said: "We chose to bring something different to the segment". For its first year of production, however, it'll be available in Launch Edition guise only, increasing the cost to €59,900 and raising the 2's sights to the likes of the Porsche Taycan.

Tesla was dealt a setback this month after influential USA magazine Consumer Reports withdrew its endorsement for the Model 3, citing reliability problems. Polestar is offering the 2 on a subscription basis as well and says that pricing is coming "at a later date". The interior of the Polestar 2 comes standard in vegan form, with what head of design Maximilian Missoni describes as "progressive textiles that will appeal to the forward-thinking audience who will subscribe to Polestar 2". Right now the automaker is saying that its guide price is €39,900 (Approximately $45,000).

Getting a Polestar looks more like buying a Tesla than a Volvo, because it doesn't mean going to the dealership to choose from dealer stock, or involve time waiting for a manager to close the deal.

Polestar will only sell the cars online.

The Polestar will be built in China beginning in 2020 and offered in China, the U.S., Canada, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the UK.

That display will also have enlarged graphics so when a driver approaches the vehicle, they can quickly see the charge and range status of the Polestar 2 at that moment.

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