Volvo’s fully electric sister-brand Polestar has reached a ‘production milestone’ as it calls it, with the 150 000th car leaving the factory. The Polestar 2 is the brand’s first volume car, and now it has started to deliver the beefed-up 2024 version of it. Prices start at €51 200.
Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, comments: “The upgraded Polestar 2 is the best version to date. With improved software, better quality, longer range, and faster charging, it is the basis from which we continue to grow our business.”
At the beginning of the year, Polestar released a comprehensive facelift for the 2024 model year of the 2, including new e-motors and more powerful batteries. Variants with a single-motor switched to rear-wheel drive, analogous to the electric drive system update for the Volvo models XC40 and C40, technically a twinned model.
There’s one big difference: the Polestar models have more power than the Volvos. The release of the final specs shows important deviations from the info Polestar released earlier.
The WLTP-certified range figures give the new Polestar 2 Single Motor Long Range an edge over the Tesla Model 3 Long Range. Autonomy for the Chinese Swede rises by 22%, translating into 654 kilometers on a full charge (up from 635 kilometers).
The best-performing Model 3, of which a new version will be released soon, reaches 602 kilometers. The range on the Standard Single Motor model of the Polestar 2 has been finalized at 532 instead of 518 kilometers. As for the Long Range Dual Motor, the range remains 592 kilometers, as previously released.
RWD, more power
Concerning technical data, Polestar doesn’t follow Volvo’s playbook. The new permanent magnet motor in the Polestar 2 has an output of up to 220 kW (against 185 kW at Volvo). Previously it was 165 or 170 kW in the single-motor variants with front-wheel drive, depending on the battery.
The new motor now drives the rear wheels. In addition, the maximum torque increases from 330 to 490 Nm. The acceleration from 0-100 kph is reduced by 1,2 seconds to 6,2 seconds.
The power output of the dual-motor variant (all-wheel-drive) also increases thanks to a rebalanced driveline. The new rear engine is the primary drive source and is supported on the front axle by a new asynchronous motor. This allows for a higher total system output of 310 kW, up from the original 300 kW. With the optional Performance Package, it remains at 350 kW. Here, the acceleration time to 100 kph is 4,5 or 4,2 seconds.