This article was first published in Finansavisen
POLESTAR: 2022 was a successful year for Polestar in Norway. With only one electric car to offer, they fought their way in as Norway’s 12th most popular car brand and 4,698 registered cars.
Now comes an update of the popular Polestar 2 model, where the company promises improved efficiency and engine power. The batteries will be more powerful and the cars will now come with completely new electric motors. Another novelty is that the models with one electric motor go from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive.
As on the Polestar 3, the so-called “SmartZone” brings together several of the car’s most important active safety functions, including the forward-facing camera and the mid-range radar. Photo: Polestar
“New” front on the Polestar 2
As on the upcoming electric car model Polestar 3, the Polestar 2 gets the so-called “SmartZone” front, where several of the car’s safety functions are gathered at the front.
As before, the Polestar 2 is available with two- or four-wheel drive. Furthermore, it is still possible to choose between two range options on the versions with only one engine, which naturally helps to determine the price. (See full overview of range and price further down in the case).
Polestar also believes that the transition from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive on the most affordable variants should make the cars more playful and “on the go”.
Polestar 2 with rear-wheel drive is, according to the company, powered by a newly developed permanent magnet motor and silicon carbide inverter. The new engine has its power increased from 231 horsepower to 299 horsepower, while the very cheapest version has somewhat lower power. The acceleration from 0 to 100 is reduced by 1.2 seconds and now takes 6.2 seconds.
Range and price
The most affordable Polestar 2 model is called Standard range Single motor and costs from NOK 432,050. In this price, all taxes are included, in contrast to the prices Tesla primarily refers to.
Polestar 2 Standard range Single engine has rear-wheel drive and 272 horsepower. 0 to 100 will go away in 6.4 seconds and the range is 518 kilometers. The car has a battery capacity of 69 kWh and can be quickly charged with a maximum output of 135 kW.
If you spend NOK 40,813, you get a Polestar 2 Long range Single Motor with an 82 kWh battery, 205 kW power on the fast charger and a range of up to 635 kilometres. The engine output is simultaneously increased to 299 horsepower.
The Polestar 2 Long range Dual motor has four-wheel drive and the same 82 kWh battery. The range here falls to 592 kilometers, but the engine output is 421 horsepower and 0 to 100 goes away in 4.5 seconds, according to the company. This model costs from NOK 519,100.
The top model Polestar 2 Long range Dual motor is also available with the so-called “Performance package” for NOK 67,863 extra. The range is unchanged, but the engine output is increased to 476 horsepower and 0 to 100 then takes 4.2 seconds.
The forged 20-inch alloy wheels in the Performance package are updated. Photo: Polestar
Delivery in Norway
Polestar designates the new cars as 2024 models and states that the Long range variants can be ordered now, with expected delivery in the third quarter of this year.
The most affordable model, Polestar 2 Standard range Single motor, cannot currently be ordered, but Polestar reports that they will open for orders “during the first quarter” of this year. However, when the most affordable model can be delivered is not known.