The Polestar 2 lineup has expanded this year and besides the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version, the lineup now includes also a single motor, front-wheel drive version (see specs and prices here). That's in the U.S., because in Europe there are also other versions - a single motor, front-wheel drive with a smaller battery (see details here).
The new 2022 Polestar 2 Dual Motor was already rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and received a 7% better range (249 miles/401 km) than the launch edition - partially it might be related to the switch to 19" wheels as standard and 5-cycle EPA test (vs. 2-cycle previously).
Today, we will take a look at the new, entry-level Polestar 2 Single Motor (called also Long Range Single Motor or LR SM), which has been recently rated at 270 miles (434 km) of EPA Combined range.
The result is slightly better than initially anticipated - the manufacturer estimated 265 miles (426 km) - and 21 miles or 8.4% better than the Dual Motor version.
Unfortunately, we must complain about the EPA, as its documents no longer show the City and Highway range ratings for new cars (2022 model year).
2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor 19"
|2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor 19" :: EPA Range rating by InsideEVs |
[Electric Vehicle 5-cycle label]
|270 mi (434 km) |
|EPA Energy consumption (including charging losses):|
|107 MPGe: 315 Wh/mi (196 Wh/km) |
113 MPGe: 298 Wh/mi (185 Wh/km)
100 MPGe: 337 Wh/mi (209 Wh/km)
Here is a quick look at the two currently available Polestar 2 versions in the U.S. The Single Motor version is noticeably less expensive and offers higher range, as well as uses a fifth less energy.
However, the single 170 kW in the front instead of two 150 kW, means that the acceleration and top speed as well as traction is significantly affected.
|EV Comparison Side-by-Side by InsideEVs|
|Model||2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor 19" |
[A] / [B]
|2022 Polestar 2 Dual Motor 19" |
|Battery||78 kWh||0%||78 kWh|
|Combined||270 mi |
|8.4%||249 mi |
|0-60 mph||7 s||55.6%||4.5 s|
|Top speed||100 mph |
|-21.3%||127 mph |
|Peak power||170 kW||-43.3%||300 kW|
|EPA Energy Consumption (including charging losses)|
|Combined||107 MPGe: 315 Wh/mi (196 Wh/km)||20.2%||89 MPGe: 379 Wh/mi (235 Wh/km)|
|City||113 MPGe: 298 Wh/mi (185 Wh/km)||20.2%||94 MPGe: 359 Wh/mi (223 Wh/km)|
|Highway||100 MPGe: 337 Wh/mi (209 Wh/km)||19%||84 MPGe: 401 Wh/mi (249 Wh/km)|