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Polestar 2

The 2023 Polestar 2 has just been revealed and is one hell of a vehicle. The Swedish manufacturer currently has a lot of potential for future growth amid the rapidly growing EV market. The UK’s push for EV only roads has left many drivers considering getting an electric vehicle sooner rather than later. 

The Polestar 2 has been updated with the latest technological solutions that are connected to climate change and transparency. Polestar has also focused on further advancing the aesthetics of the vehicle; Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, commented: “We have revisited materials and processes that go into making Polestar 2, introducing updates that reduce the climate impact and increase material traceability of this award-winning car. These are important additions to how we can improve cars over their lifetime – not just with functionality and design updates but addressing sustainability and carbon footprint as well.”

One of the key improvements of the new Polestar 2 is the battery.The battery in the Polestar 2 Standard range Single motor sees improved cell chemistry that provides a higher capacity (now 69 kWh). This leads to increased range (now up to 474 km WLTP), faster charging (now up to 130 kW DC) and higher motor output (170 kW). The aluminium tray that carries the battery casing for all versions will see a CO2e reduction of 750 kg per car, thanks to the decision to only purchase aluminium for this component from smelters that use renewable energy. (Polestar 2)

To put this in comparison, the Tesla Model S, standard range has a total capacity of 75 kWh. The usable capacity is 72.5 kWh (estimate). A range of about 260 miles is achievable on a fully charged battery.

Fredrika Klarén, Polestar’s Head of Sustainability, says: “In our programme updates we want to take action on improvements that can make a positive sustainability impact quickly, rather than traditional mid-cycle facelifts. Product optimisation programmes are common in the car industry, but we are taking an extended approach at Polestar, combining these with CO2e reduction programmes as well.

The complete scope of design and feature updates includes:

  • New exterior colours: Space (replaces Void) and Jupiter (replaces Moon)
  • Magnesium is now the default standard colour with no cost
  • New designs for the standard 19-inch and optional 20-inch wheels
  • New Zinc colour for ventilated Nappa leather upholstery (replaces Barley), available with new Light Ash deco (replaces Reconstructed Wood)
  • Removable sunshade for the panoramic glass roof (also available in Polestar Extras webshop from mid-June 2022 for all Polestar 2 with glass roof)
  • The performance software upgrade with a maximum output of 350 kW and 680 Nm is now included in the Performance Pack in Europe
  • The heat pump (included in Plus Pack) has an improved optimal temperature range, now between -7°C and 25°C
  • Advanced cabin filter and upgraded interior particulate matter sensor with the new in-car app that quantifies exterior air quality improvement in the cabin (Plus Pack)

*Information taken from Polestar*