In this video, I test drive the new all electric Polestar 2. Does this EV have what it takes to play in Tesla’s playground? Watch the video and find out!
The Polestar 2 is an all-electric 5-door liftback produced by the Swedish automaker Volvo under its Polestar sub-brand. Production began in March 2020 in Geely’s plant in Luqiao, China. Geely is Polestar and Volvo’s parent company.
The Polestar 2 is the second car under the Polestar brand after the Polestar 1. Polestar 1 is however a plug-in hybrid and limited production vehicle, making the Polestar 2 the first BEV and mass production Polestar vehicle in the Volvo Car Group.
The concept car that precedes the Polestar 2 design was called the Volvo Concept 40.2. It was designed by Thomas Ingenlath alongside the Volvo Concept 40.1. Polestar picked the 40.2 as the basis for the Polestar 2 design. Volvo’s exterior design chief Maximilian Missoni tweaked the car’s taillights, grille, and wheels in order to differentiate it as a standalone vehicle.
The production Polestar 2 was unveiled on February 27, 2019 during an internet livestream and made its first public appearance at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The car has a starting MSRP of $38,400 after taking into account the $7,500 Federal Tax Credit.
With a 78 kWh battery, the dual motor all wheel drive Polestar 2 makes 408 hp, goes zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and offers a range of up to 249 miles (265 miles for the single motor) on a single charge. It will also tow up to 2000 pounds. The Polestar 2 is also the first car with Google’s Android Automotive operating system. Think of it as Android Auto on steroids.
Overall, the Polestar 2 is a viable alternative to the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y. If you’re looking for a unique EV that will stand out from the sea of Teslas, check out the Polestar 2.