Polestar 2 Lineup Adds More Range for Less Money

The Polestar 2 lineup is expanding with lower cost models that offer additional driving range. (Polestar)

As the competition among electric vehicles continues to grow, automakers are looking for new ways to make their EVs more attractive to discerning buyers looking for greater practicality and affordability in a zero-emission vehicle. To that end, Polestar has announced new variants of its electric fastback sedan, the Polestar 2, that promise more range for less money.

Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely jointly own Polestar. The Polestar 2 arrived last year, and is known for its attractive design, Android Automotive OS-powered infotainment system, all-wheel-drive (AWD) performance, and advanced electric powertrain. Up until now, the well-equipped Polestar 2 Launch Edition was a standalone model supplying 233 miles of all-electric driving range.

To deliver more options in terms of range, price, and feature set, the Polestar 2 lineup will expand to three models.

The first new model is an entry-level vehicle with a single-motor in front, as opposed to the Launch Edition’s dual-motor setup, which provides AWD. The single motor model generates 231 horsepower and, using the same 78-kWh battery found in the AWD model, this more affordable Polestar 2 is claimed to offer an EPA-estimated driving range of 260 miles on a full charge. That’s a 27-mile bump over the much more powerful Launch Edition.

Polestar says the new entry-level model will be able to travel even further with the new optional Plus Pack. This equipment package includes a heat pump that raises the overall efficiency of the vehicle.

When in operation, the heat pump reduces the climate system’s reliance on the battery to provide energy for heating the Polestar 2’s interior. It does this by capturing ambient heat from the drivetrain and using it to control cabin temperature. Polestar says this capability reduces the heat draw on the battery by up to 50% and increases the vehicle’s all-electric range by up to 10%, or an additional 26 miles, when driven in ideal weather conditions.

Reportedly, a new mid-level Polestar 2 variant will also arrive soon. This model will have the same dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup as the range-topping Launch Edition but will include less standard equipment. With fewer features and, by extension, less weight to motivate, this variant will offer an estimated 240 miles of all-electric driving range. With the Plus Pack’s heat pump, another 10% range increase could bring this model up to approximate 264 miles of range.

Because they have less standard equipment, both new Polestar 2s will come at a lower price. Automotive News estimates the new base price will be up to $10,000 lower than the Polestar 2 Launch Edition. That leaves extra money in the budget to install the new Plus Pack and the new Pilot Pack.

The Pilot Pack, available across the lineup, adds safety features such as Pixel LED lighting and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) like adaptive cruise control with Pilot Assist, a surround-view camera system, and active blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning systems.

The Performance Pack continues from before, and is only available on Polestar 2 models with AWD. It aims to make driving more enjoyable with manually adjustable suspension dampers, upgraded performance brakes, and 20-inch alloy wheels. Polestar says all of these option packages may impact the driving range due to added weight and potential aerodynamic factors.

Beginning in May 2021, a new Polestar app with digital key functionality transforms the owner’s smartphone into the vehicle key. This update applies to all Polestar 2 models, including those already in owners’ hands.