- Volvo’s high-performance Polestar brand unveiled the all-new Polestar 2 EV on Wednesday.
- The Polestar 2 is a compact electric sedan designed to rival Tesla’s hot-selling Model 3.
- Polestar 2 should have a range of 275 miles on a single charge.
- Its electric motor develops 408 horsepower and draws power from a 78 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
- In the US, the fully loaded Polestar 2 Launched Edition starts at $US63,000.
- Production is expected to start in early 2020.
Volvo’s high-performance Polestar brand unveiled the all-new Polestar 2 EV on Wednesday. The Polestar 2 is a compact electric sedan designed to rival Tesla’s hot-selling Model 3.
“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume model,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said in a statement. “Everything about it has been designed and engineered with passion and dedication.”
According to Ingenlath, the mass-production Polestar 2 is a major step in the company’s quest to deliver environmentally friendly, high-performance automobiles.
“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,” he said. “Polestar delivers electric performance cars that are great to own and drive.”
Volvo Car Group owns half of Polestar, while Volvo’s parent company, Geely Group, owns the other half.
Polestar 2 is expected to have a range of 275 miles on a single charge, with a pair of electric motors developing 408 horsepower drawing electricity from a 78 kWh LG Chem battery pack. (China-market cars are set to get a 72 kWh locally produced battery pack.)
Polestar 2 is built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform.
According to the automaker, Polestar 2 can go from zero to 62 mph in less than five seconds.
The Polestar 2 is available with a Performance Pack that includes added goodies like Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch wheels.
The Polestar 2’s interior features an 11-inch vertically oriented touchscreen. It will be one of the first cars in the world to feature an Android-powered infotainment system that offers features such as Google Assistant and Google Maps.
The Polestar 2 will go into production at the company’s Chengdu, China, factory in early 2020 in both right- and left-hand drive.
The fully loaded Polestar 2 Launch Edition will start at $US63,000 in the US. A $US7,500 federal tax incentive can knock the price down to $US55,500.
A shorter-range version of the Polestar 2 will be sold in Europe. There are no plans to offer that variant in the US.
As with all Polestar models, the Polestar 2 will be available for sale only online.
The Polestar 2 will make its official auto-show debut in March at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
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