Polestar 2 (2020) Guide

Polestar 2 (2020) Guide

Polestar 2 is one of the most exciting EV’s to launch in 2020. Grounded in its racing roots, Volvo has revitalised the Polestar brand to focus on performance-orientated, electric vehicles and the Polestar 2 marks its first fully electric model. From its sporty saloon shape, edgy Swedish styling and vegan interior to its robust range capabilities and affordability, the Polestar 2 poses a direct threat to Tesla’s Model 3.

Electric Range

292 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£10.92

Battery Size

78 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

21 hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS max 150kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 comes with a battery size of 78kWh and has an official WLTP range of 292 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take a little over 11 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 27 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £10.92.

The Polestar comes with a CCS connector option, enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. Plugged into a 150kW charging station, the Polestar will charge from 20-80% in just 20 minutes.

Note: The Polestar has a max DC rate of 150kW, which positions the vehicle for a future of easily accessible rapid charging stations around the UK. It has a max AC 1-phase charge rate of 7.4kW and AC 3-phase charge rate of 11kW; this means if you plugged into a 22kW 3-phase charger, the Polestar would charge at 11kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) peugeot-e-208-2020-guide-2= 37h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 21h for 0-100%
  • 11kW (3-Phase) = 7h for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 60m for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a Polestar 2

Classified as a BEV, the Polestar 2 produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, this tasteful EV qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

With one charge range rivalling that of an internal combustion engine, you can effortlessly go about your regular commutes without having to worry about charge points, plus you’ll be helping save the planet in true Swedish style.

What are people saying about the Polestar 2?

With a spec sheet that is on par with Tesla’s much-loved Model 3, the Polestar 2 has caused quite a stir in the electric automotive industry. The real talking point so far has been its incredibly good looks and high-tech interior. Its stocky saloon stance, enhanced by its three-box proportions, encompasses classic Volvo styling cues such as the Thor Hammer headlights. Design touches such as the frameless door mirrors and visor style window framing result in a fresh, modern and cool exterior.

Inside, the Polestar 2 is equally appealing to look at, and it also possesses a bunch of digital features that work. The 11-inch tablet infotainment system is powered by Android, making it one of the first vehicles you can hop in and immediately start using features such as Google Maps, Google Play and Google Assistant. Internet connection and a usable voice recognition system will prove useful while driving, and if that wasn’t enough tech for you, the Polestar 2 allows you to use your smartphone as a key.

In addition to its specifications and saloon styling, the Polestar 2 is comparable to the Model 3 due to its pricing. The first launch of this vehicle will be around the £50k price point with the company stating a lower-priced version will be available at a later date, expected to hover around the £40k mark. Polestar has designed this EV to be affordable, opting for steel over carbon fibre, for example.

From its punchy performance and over-the-air updates to backseats that comfortably accommodate tall humans and an interior that redefines the meaning of luxury; there is a lot to like about this electric car. For those weighing up between investing in a Model 3 or a Polestar 2, the determining factors will likely be styling and brand preferences.