More range and a new battery for upgraded Polestar 2

Polestar announces another update for the Polestar 2 after the extensive overhaul from last year. All versions gain range, but the base model Standard Range Single Motor also benefits from a new battery.

Dubbed the 2025 model, the upgraded Polestar 4 can immediately be ordered in Europe. Other markets—except for Canada—will follow in late 2024. Key highlights are new design elements, a new pack from Chinese manufacturer CATL for the entry-level version, and an increased range across all versions.

Much faster at… fast charging

Until now, only the Standard Range Single Motor wasn’t eligible for the 82 kWh pack. Instead of adopting the bigger battery, Polestar has decided to introduce a new pack with a capacity of 70 kWh, increasing the range to 554 km (WLTP) and enhancing the fast-charging capacity to 180 kW.

The latter is a significant leap, adding comfort to longer journeys, as the previous version could only cope with a peak power of 135 kW. When opting for the Long Range Single Motor version, which still has the 82 kWh battery, the range now peaks at 659 km (WLTP).

Due to unaltered electric motors, the acceleration figures remain the same. The Long Range Single Motor (659 kilometers WLTP) and Long Range Dual Motor (596 kilometers WLTP) gain a neglectable 4 and 3 kilometers, respectively. So, the extra range for the entry-level version is attributed to the new and more efficient battery from CATL.

New colors? Of course!

Aligning with the recently launched Polestar 3 and 4, the Polestar 2 now offers more individual options for personalization. The Climate Pack and Pro Pack include features like heat pumps and 20-inch alloy wheels, while Pilot, Plus, and Performance Packs complete the offerings. New exterior colors underline the latest facelift.

Most noticeable is Storm, a dark aluminum color first introduced on the 4. There are also new 19-inch Aero and 20-inch Pro graphite alloy wheels. The interior now offers – no, it’s not vegan – Charcoal Nappa leather upholstery and black seatbelts with a Swedish Gold stripe for Pro Pack buyers.

Since its 2020 launch, over 160,000 Polestar 2 units have been delivered across 27 markets, a solid position in the EV market, though Polestar is behind schedule for its annual delivery target.

However, the brand has set a new course for this year, having recently changed board management (old Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson has left), expanding into seven new markets (of which France is the most important one), and changing its direct agency sales model to a hybrid version, incorporating conventional dealer methods.

In 2023, Polestar already introduced a mid-life refresh, bringing several notable upgrades. The base model received a 69 kWh battery pack, while the single-motor variants switched to a rear-wheel drive layout. The top-of-the-line dual-motor version saw a 10 kWh (14 hp) boost in power, with a Performance Pack option delivering 350 kW (476 hp) to all four wheels.

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