Considering an electric car? The Polestar 2 is an electric family car on the market!
- Polestar 2 is the first model from the Volvo sub brand Polestar
- The swanky family car is taking on Tesla's Model 3, with a zero-emission driving range of 292 miles
- Acceleration is 0-to-62mph in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 127mph
- It's on sale now priced at £49,900 and available to lease starting from only 400 p/m
“We have seen very keen interest in Polestar 2 since revealing it earlier this year. By confirming European pricing, we show the outstanding value this high specification vehicle represents,” said Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive officer of Polestar.
The bosses at Polestar have promised that the Polestar 2 electric vehicle will match electric performance with high levels of safety, something which you’d expect from a Volvo sub-brand.
Protecting the battery pack during a collision will be key to this - it will be enclosed in an aluminium case and fully housed within the floor structure. In the event of a crash, the battery pack is automatically disconnected from the rest of the vehicle to ensure there is no live connection. There will be a full suite of advanced driver assistance and crash avoidance features.
“Safety is of paramount importance for Polestar,” said Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive officer of Polestar.
“We are directly linked to Volvo Cars and with that comes their famous reputation for outstanding safety technology. So of course, Polestar cars are designed to be amongst the safest in the world and we are really proud of that.”
The Polestar 2 aims to bring electric performance cars to a broader and increasing audience.
The 300 kW all-wheel drive car has a large 78 kWh battery pack which offers a dynamic drive as well as a range of 292 miles.
Performance wise it delivers 408hp and 660 Nm torque, with a 0-62mph time of 4.7.
Charging up to 80 per cent on a high energy DC current takes 40 minutes, though less powerful methods take longer.
The Polestar 2 is the first car to feature and Android operating system with Google Assist on board and accessible either through voice activation or a large 11-inch touch-screen which is on the centre console.
Maximilian Missoni, head of design at Polestar, said: “We decided to bring something different to the segment. Our avant-garde design has evolved from Polestar 1 into an edgier, bolder statement.”
Like Tesla, Polestar 2 is selling its car mainly online but also with a network of ‘Polestar Spaces’ – like an Apple Store, however most will buy through personal leasing as it’s the most sensible and cheapest method of driving a brand new electric car.