UPDATE: How Polestar 2 Compares With Tesla Model 3

FEB 28 2019 BY DOMENICK YONEY 137

The California car gets competition.

***Update: With the official of the Polestar 2, we now have a lot more significant information and have added it to this post.

The Tesla Model 3 broke a lot of new ground when it first started rolling from the company’s Fremont factory in 2017. And while it has served as a yardstick for electric offerings from other manufacturers, it hasn’t faced any direct competitors. Until now. Tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM EST, The first all-electric from Polestar cometh. You can watch the reveal livestream here on InsideEVs)

The Polestar 2 is, arguably, the first real offering from the new Volvo electric sub-brand. Yes, there is a Polestar 1, but limited to 500 very expensive (base price $155,000) examples in its first production year and being a performance plug-in hybrid, it’s an hor d’oeuvre to the 2’s main course.

Now that a solid alternative to Model 3 is on its way — the company has stated outright that it “is designed to compete with Tesla Model 3” — we thought now would be a good time to compare the two cars. They are similar in a host of ways, starting with their names. Both are represented by a single numeral derived from its order in their company’s production plan. As mentioned, the 2 is the second vehicle from the Polestar brand, while the 3 is the third from-the-ground-up Tesla. Originally, the California car was to be called the Model E and thereby spell out “S-E-X-Y” with its lineup but the threat of a lawsuit from Ford caused them to change that plan. The acronym — S-3-X-Y — still works, however.

 

Both cars are four-door sedans of similar size, but although the Polestar 2 is said to target the Tesla Model 3, it is notably smaller in every dimension, save height. Here’s how they compare:

Polestar 2 – length 181.4 inches, height 58.2 inches, width 70.9 inches, wheelbase 107.7 inches

Tesla Model 3 – length 184.8 inches, height 56.8 inches, width 76.1 inches, wheelbase 113.2 inches

Though the Polestar 2 is referred to as a fastback, it appears from the overhead view revealed on the car’s app, that it, like the Model 3, will have a trunk nd not a hatch features a rear hatch opening.  We would be happy to be wrong about that, though. Also noticeable from this image is the large panel of glass that covers the passenger compartment of the 2. Model 3, of course, also has a glass roof, which is awesome.

Frunk fans will be happy to learn that the 2 does indeed have a front trunk, albeit quite modest. The company says it can hold 34 liters (1.2 cubic feet) and is insulated. By contrast, the Model 3 frunk holds 424.8 liters (15 cubic feet).

As for range and price, the competitors seem to be very much in the same ballpark. The Polestar 2 should have an EPA-rated range in the 300-mile neighborhood, maybe slightly higher. For its part, the Model 3 is currently available in two battery configurations: Mid and Long Range, yielding an EPA-rated 264 miles and 310 miles, respectively. The Polestar price ranges between 39,900 euros and 59,900 euros for the Launch Edition (U.S. price is $63,000 for that top spec). Similarly, the Tesla currently ranges from $42,900 for the rear-wheel-drive Mid Range to $60,900 for the Long Range Performance.

Speaking of performance, it seems the Polestar 2 will be no slouch. It boasts a set of 150-kW motors and so in the all-wheel-drive configuration puts out 408 peak horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. The top spec Model 3 offers 450 hp and 471 lb-ft of torque, so performance-wise, the 2 is pretty close. Its 0-to-60 time will be under 5 seconds, with 4.7 seconds targeted. The Model 3 Performance does the deed in 3.3 seconds, while the Long Range Dual Motor does it in 4.5 seconds. The Mid Range clocks in at 5.6 seconds.

Both vehicles, of course, offer DC fast charging. Tesla has the edge here, due to the availability of its Supercharger network which is extensive and still growing. However, the Polestar will be able to take advantage of the Electrify America network in the .S., which should be quite large itself once deliveries begin. It may even be able to charge more quickly, as it is rated for up to 150 kW. The Model 3 currently (no pun intended) tops out at 120 kW, though that should increase with the rollout of Supercharger V3 as CEO Elon Musk mentioned recently.

Also similar will be the retail experience. Tesla famously sells its products over the internet and through small company-owned boutique shops. Polestar will be taking a similar approach, though they will be sticking with the dealership franchise model. The stores will not carry a ton of inventory and be staffed by non-commissioned personnel. As well, the brand will put plenty of info online to help inform customers. One difference, though, is that Polestar will also offer cars as a subscription service, meaning you pay a flat rate every month and all incidental expenses (save for electricity) are covered.

At 50,000 units a year, production numbers for the 2 are not nearly as ambitious as they are for the Model 3. Tesla delivered 139,782 copies of the mid-size sedan in 2018 and expects to increase that figure over the next couple of years. If the Polestar 2 manages to capture the imagination of customers in a similar manner, we could see higher production in the coming years, but unless there is a substantially increased investment in battery supply, we’re not sure it will approach that sort of volume any time soon.

Yes, the Polestar 2 has a rear hatch.

 

Finally, styling wise, the vehicles have similar philosophies, though with different execution. The Tesla Model 3 has soft exterior lines and carries some styling cues over from the Model S and Model X. It is known for its spare-but-comfortable interior that features a single display touch screen in the center of the dash.

Judging from the teaser images, the exterior lines of the Polestar 2 will be more crisp, and carry cues from the Polestar 1. We can only imagine the interior will also be somewhat spare, though stylish, with a “Scandinavian” feel. Though aesthetics are a very subjective thing, we expect we’ll like it very much — possibly more than the Model 3 which, to this writer at least, lacks a  certain spark in the passenger compartment.

If you are a fan of the brand, or intend on buying or picking up a subscription, be sure and stop by the Polestar section of the InsideEVs Forum to share your enthusiasm and experiences. We believe this vehicle could be a smash hit and we look forward to it introducing lots of new folks to the electric driving experience.

 

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I have a model 3 and hope Volvo hits it out of the park with the P2.
More competition with ICE and within BEV is awesome.

I also hope Volvo is able to deliver a stellar product, BUT, I think everyone will be severely disappointed by the specs and price compared to Tesla M3. I expect Polestar to be far more expensive with specs lacking compared to M3, much like Jaguar i-pace and Audi e-tron can’t hold a candle to S and X. VOLVO doesn’t have a Gigafactory, charging network, and they will be sold through their existing Stealerships thus adding another artificial cost layer on top of the other aforementioned disadvantages. Add to that a lack in economies of scale disadvantage with low production numbers. But I hope I’m wrong

Great looking car with framed doors and windows and a HUD and dashboard, most likely it will also have a tow rating and a 40/20/40 back seat split, plus it is a liftback, these things the Tesla Model 3 does not have.

They will NOT be sold through Volvo dealerships, but rather via online shopping and so-called “Polestar spaces” which is pretty much the same thing as Tesla showrooms.

Why a faked front grill again? 🙁

There was a time when auto manufactures were trying to ditch the grill because of how ugly they are. The Corvette managed without one for a long time. Now they’re putting unneeded grills on.

If you have active cooling, you do need airflow, much less than most ICE (which can also go without, see Porsche), Much of a cars styling is unnecessary, I like the grill as an identity and face to the car which also carries some purpose. Tend to find the Tesla styling to be a little bland, but that’s just my opinion.

Especially Toyota /Lexus — WTF is up with all of those huge ugly grill?

The more 200+ mile EVs the better. But the Model 2 Performance outshines this model in every way. Once again Tesla’s battery, motor and software engineering technology is superior, with the Model 3 Long Range RWD offering 325 miles(50 more miles) from a smaller 75 kW battery pack and a matching 0-60 at 5sec. While the Model 3 Performance offer still longer 310 mile(35 more miles) range with AWD and a much quicker 0-60 at 3.2 seconds fully loaded with Autopilot, Full Self Driving and over the air software updated offering new features ongoing for $66k vs $68k.

Looking at the battery pack design for the Polestar 2, it is the stacked T shaped battery pack like Volt that has the vehicle up so high like an SUV, instead of Volvo building a flat sled that works better for a lower riding sedan, and better handling SUV EV.

I consider getting one of these to replace my V90CC next year, even though it‘s gonna be a totally different class of car. Still believe (and hope) it‘s gonna be a BMW 4 series Grand Coupé style hatch back, which viewed from top has very similar lines. And Polestar‘s CEO once designed the octavia hatch-trying-to-look-like-a-sedan at Skoda…

We‘ll find out tomorrow. Worst case I‘ll hope for a trailer hitch to be able to carry my bike…

finally, a tesla competitor

Without an extensive proprietary charging network to go with it. If the P2 costs roughly the same as the M3 they will need to have something else very compelling, otherwise get the Tesla complete with Supercharger network.

Electrify America, chargers in spades by the time this gets into customer hands.

Also worth noting that California is only one of many markets for the vehicle. Other areas have far better coverage with chargers, I would say due to American reluctance to accept EV’s as the future and invest appropriately.

VW is actively lobbying the EPA to overturn the agreement they made over their Diesel car violations. That is the reason why they were forced to start Electrify America, was due to that settlement agreement. IF VW is able to get the current administration to let them off the hook, they could end EA at any time.

The current administration has a member who once let a serial pedophile off the hook after getting campaign donations from them. I don’t expect the EA mandate to last.

More importantly, another mainstream EV that will cannibalize ICE vehicle sales. EVs like this compete with ICEs just as much as other EVs.

You missed the Jaguar iPace, then.

I learn that Polestar 2 will use android-based os, which is very easy to be hacked. In addition, Google and China will collect even more data about the owner. I love Volvo, but still hard pass. :S

Wow, that is some non-sense. So what do you drive since you seem to be quite paranoid about Google and China? … DIY Lada EV with 50km range?

Not gonna lie, a DIY Lada EV sounds absolutely amazing.

too bad the NT Trabant EV never made it off the ground.

http://www.trabant-nt.de/374/en/the-project/trabant-nt.aspx

It’s very far from paranoid to take note of the very real fact that China has a habit of using cellphones made in China to collect data about users, or their habit of using all their resources (including teams of military hackers) to steal technology and industrial secrets from Western companies.

Perhaps China is only a rival of the West, rather than an outright enemy — at least, not quite yet — but they are certainly not our friends!

Look up the Crouching Tiger video’s on YouTube for some further insight in China’s communist party’s long term strategic goals. Pretty scary stuff.

The US does many of the same things. The current US/Huawei issue boils down to control of network infrastructure, and the prize is access to the data flowing through that infrastructure.

Yes, things like encryption backdoors….

I agree with you 100%. I also carry my Tin Foil hat everywhere I go just like you.

Using Android is a huge plus for me. Android Auto is a check off item for me, this should be better. The Model 3’s lack of Android Auto is one of the reasons I’ve put off buying one. I’m looking forward to the Polestar 2. I also like the idea that there is a convenient Volvo dealer, Tesla’s service centers are much farther away.

Really? You put off buying a Model 3 because it lacks Android Auto? Why? What is it AA gives you that you don’t get with a 3? And also – AA has a “Phone mode” which will let it run just in your phone. So get a phone holder and “bada bing, bada boom” you’re golden.

What’s the issue?

Would be better on the giant screen instead of on your phone in a holder eh? Why doesn’t the model 3 have AA?

You are not to enter the 3 with a cheap phone! I’m pretty sure it’s one of the commandments.

Those new foldable phones from Samsung and Hauwei are not cheap at all. $2000 and up and they run Android.

I have Android auto on my Bolt, and I also have a Model 3. It is really unbelievable how much the Tesla *blows away* Android auto. Its like comparing a rocket with an orange.

Slacker radio vs Google Play Music or Spotify. Tesla maps vs Google Maps. The only advantages Tesla has is the deeper integration of data from the car and control of the car, something AA can’t do in its current format but can in the P2, and the design of AA being generic rather than specific to the vehicle, which will obviously not be the case in P2.

You know that the Tesla nav is powered by Google Maps, right?

It is just Android Auto (infotainment system) — music, apps, maps, etc., assistant button on the steering wheel to trigger voice commands.

What does China have to do with Android? Hacking Android usually requires physical access or someone installing a malicious app on the phone, so just be careful with what you install as usual. If you’re that paranoid, you can always disable the wireless receiver but then you probably shouldn’t own a cell phone at all.

It’s not paranoia, and it’s not fake news. China is deliberately installing software in Chinese made cell phones to harvest data from Western users.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/us/politics/china-phones-software-security.html

Completely off topic but….
Apple phones are mostly made in China.
The 2 largest Android makers are Samsung and LG which are based in South Korea. But 50% of Samsung phones are made in Vietnam. The whole market is fairly complicated.

I presume Apple has a pretty thorough quality control system in place, to prevent all sorts of shenanigans that Chinese manufacturers try to pull. Apple has a very good rep for quality, so clearly they have found a way to use Chinese manufacturing without having the typical problems with variable quality and/or outright counterfeit goods — especially counterfeit electronics — which is so commonplace when ordering from a Chinese manufacturer.

Also, most (but not all) parts in Apple products are made elsewhere in Asia, and only assembled in China.

There are apps that tell Facebook about when you have your period, but oh no, evil Chinese people. I would be far more worried about Silicon Valley and what they do with my data than Chinese eavesdropping my calls.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna974711

Or worry about both? Sadly, the reality is that eavesdropping and data collection is so common from everyone that the concept of privacy is effectively dead. And everybody just keeps clicking the “I accept” on every term of service blindly anyways.

That’s inaccurate. There have been plenty of historical examples of apps that are in the Google Play store that do nefarious things, including inappropriate data collection. To say that there are no alternatives to Android that do not suffer the same is just plain disingenuous.

If you care about security and/or privacy – and admittedly most people do not seem to – then just look at what people in the security industry use. They absolutely do not use Android devices. People can downvote if they want, but that’s more because they don’t want that to be true versus that it actually isn’t.

And there have been plenty of examples of Apple having security flaws too. People in the security industry use both android and ios devices.

Fools buying and using Android devices with internet connection made by manufacturers with poor Android update support can be easily hacked, that’s true. I got official Google smartphones -> best Android update support and usually for these models there’re also Google-free custom-ROMs.

notting

Feeling cautiously optimistic about this one.

Volvo has a much smaller footprint in the US than even Tesla (they have 1 dealer in my entire metro area), the CCS network still sucks in most of the country and very notably where you most need it along highways, but I would expect the car itself to be very high quality.

I would love more info on if you can fully opt-out of the Google interface sending my personal location data back to the Google “We are the largest advertising company ever” HQ.

At least Google is just an advertiser. I can opt out of most everything and disable location tracking on my Android phone, I expect their vehicle OS to be no different. I doubt they’ll be advertising on the vehicle’s screen unless you install some third party app with it.

Yet more and more insurance companies are making a vehicle tracker mandatory…????

Volvo says they have 2300 dealers worldwide and I’ve read 300+ in the US. Both exceed Tesla store counts by a wide margin.

It’s supposedly to be built in China, which some may upset some including the tarrif-happy orange one which could raise its price…However the subscription service could be great if affordable and executed well…

How they compare? You can actually buy a model 3, while the Volvo is a sheet with specs.

Do you honestly think that is what the author of the article meant?

I think at this point is kinda irrelevant comparing one real thing with something that is only on paper, and with specs that aren’t yet confirmed. Plus by the time the Volvo is on sale, model 3 can be different. I’m not doubting Volvo will release an interesting car, let’s just wait until the time we can put those 2 (eventually more) side by side.

Alex- I wholeheartedly disagree. Tesla is ahead of Volvo at this point, but this offering does appear to be credible. As someone that reserved a Model 3 on the first day and one that currently owns one now, I did the same thing 29 months before taking possession of the car; I compared the Model 3 on paper to just about every other car it might be comparable to in some way shape or form. Now if you think Volvo’s offering is not likely to happen and therefore not credible, or if you need to buy a car now instead of in a couple of years (like I did with the Model 3), then, in that situation you are right, they aren’t comparable.

It is exceedingly common to compare a current car to an upcoming vehicle. Especially in a segment where there are very few competitors. Many people are interested in knowing how the vehicle compares to what they already know.

Being extremely common doesn’t mean is informative.
It’s extremely common for insideEVs to compare family cars doing drag races, and I’m sure most couldn’t care less about it.
And this is not comparing a car that is going to be launched soon, the polestar 1 is not on sale yet and was announced about 2 years ago! Imagine polestar 2…

I for one found this to be one of the more interesting articles on this site in recent memory.

I found it informative, mostly because I follow the definition of “informative” as something that informs me of something I didn’t already know. First, I didn’t even know that there was a Polestar 2 vehicle about to be announced. Second, I didn’t know another comparably priced mid-sized sedan with similar range to the Model 3 was about to be announced. There. Two things I was informed about.

I’m not interested in buying one, but I’m interested in the EV space so I like to be informed about these kinds of options.

I think it’s safe to say your opinion represents only the tiniest of minorities of readers here. The number of down-votes you got seem to verify that.

I think this article is one of the most important that InsideEVs has published, and I’d love to see more like it.

And yo can actually get a Volvo repaired in reasonable time, while you have to wait 3 months to get a Tesla repaired.

you still can’t buy a Model 3 in a lot of places.

But you can certainly buy it in more places than the Polestar 2! 🙂

Given that Polestar is a “performance” brand, I’m not sure we’ll see any pricing that competes with the bottom end of the Model 3 line-up. I am guessing more like Model 3P pricing and HIGHER.

We haven’t seen the Model 3 compete with the bottom end of the Model 3 yet. The given prices ranges put it squarely within the existing Model 3 lineup.

Who knows, perhaps Volvo will follow a similar roll out to Tesla and not release their base version for a while…

Lost in all this news is that Volvo who is owned by Geely is also sister company to lower end Lynk ,Geely also has 9+% shares of Daimler, Who is Geely by the way ? Never heard of them/ sarc. One day the Chinese will rescue Detroit from BKcy.. LOL

What’s the target market for these cars? Are they just planning on eating Tesla’s lunch or do they hope to win converts from non-EV brands?

Related question: how are they planning to market it?

Uh, I’d start with ‘Volvo customers’ and go from there?

“Are they just planning on eating Tesla’s lunch or do they hope to win converts from non-EV brands?”

Any compelling EV will “win converts” much more from the 98% of the auto market that is gasmobiles than the 2% of the market which is other plug-in EVs.

I am surprised that it’s necessary to keep pointing that out.

In the next decade, there will either be prey or predator. Those who do nothing to move to EV’s will be prey, and those who push into EV’s will be the predators. At this point companies like Volvo are seeing they have to have EV’s to just save their own existing sales or be eaten like the laggards. It really has very little to do with trying to eat Tesla’s lunch as trying to keep their own safe.

How fast does someone need to run to avoid being eaten by a lion? Not that fast, as long as they are faster than the person behind them….

I really hope they change their minds about not launching the P2 in the New Zealand market. It looks sweet as heck thusfar and if they come through with the interior and exterior design, I’d be champing at the bit to nab one.

Not sure why anyone hasn’t corrected them, but model 3 is an inverted e (as the model e is trademarked by Ford). Model S, E, X, Y … Get it, sexy. Not the third Tesla car like this article incorrectly points out.

third “from the ground up” from Tesla.

Tesla touted the Model S as their first “clean sheet” EV that they built from the ground up, to differentiate it from the original Roadster, which was built by Lotus based on a highly modified Lotus glider. Tesla didn’t consider that a clean sheet vehicle built by them from the ground up.

Useless to compare a car that has no specs whatsover…

Which is kind of unavoidable if you cannot that ONE day until it is announced …

The big thing is that Tesla has a large supercharger network. You see more and more EV’s coming to market but eventually they will have to start on a charging infrastructure.

A proprietary charging systems is a transitional thing, though it makes a BIG positive difference in the value of a Tesla for now. Eventually universal charging stations will be common and priced transparently ($ per kWh) but that’s a long way off. 5 years, 10 years????

Maybe even longer in some states, because they currently have laws against reselling power by the kWh, and companies can only charge by the minute. Silly.

Glad to see IEVs reported on the committed manufacturing volume, which should be required for any new EV introduction.

50k units annually is not in Tesla territory, but it is admirably greater than Hyundai’s 10k wiff.

European outlets are saying base price is 40k Euros. I guess that could include average VAT across the EU.

If that included VAT now that would be something!

This could be nice If you can switch off all the driver aids. I hope they learned how not to do things from ICE vehicles.

Hopefully it will fill a market hole. There are just way too few EV’s to choose from now. More choices will help more ICE owners find EV alternatives that suit their needs/desires.

What about charging. Tesla has large supercharger network for trips. Polster?

Polestar can charge at every other charger. Like pretty much every other ev.

and they will also make their own super charge network together with a secret group of other car brands.

The word you’re looking for is sparse.

Vaporware

Troll.

Like the RHD Model 3 then?

Another difference between the Tesla and the Polestar (and the Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, BMW) extended range EVs is that they don’t have one. And if they did, you can’t actually travel in it because there are not enough places to charge it. Catch up you guys !!

There are tons of CCS chargers. They just have to improve reliability and keep expanding.

Not an issue in Europe, where CCS chargers are more common than Tesla’s.

How many prospective e-tron or i-pace customers will look at this and question their position?

E-tron, not comparable, iPace, maybe some.

The positives: fifty thousand a year if that happens is a better goal that most automakers who target 10-20,000. It sounds like they are not going after the $60,000 plus market solely. And it is good this is coming out a year from now and not in several years.

The negatives: I understand this is built on a shared platform which makes me worry it will be compromised. It will be made in China, which does not have a good reputation for quality automotive manufacturing. And it likely will mostly be sold in China where government support for Chinese EVs gives them a big advantage over imports and demand is high.

Unknowns: price, range, charging speed, acceleration…

Their CMA platform was designed for EV purposes from the beginning, they showed prototypes with a skateboard style battery at launch. What I hope is that they won‘t launch a 400hp EV with FWD. We own an Audi A3 e-tron with 200hp an FWD and it can‘t handle the torque well, not even on dry roads.

As for made in China – that‘s where the S90 is built already today and it‘s a fine quality car.

China is perfectly capable of building high quality products, if that is the requirement placed on their manufacturers. Apple is a perfect example.

The bad quality rap comes mainly from mass market low end consumer products where cheap is prioritized over anything else. Often that priority is set by American importing companies that want things built to a price point, regardless of the consequences. Products built for the local market are also of lower quality because the local consumers are part of a developing market which prioritizes price over quality.

So when it comes to a Polestar, the question to ask is whether it is being built to Volvo’s quality requirements for export, or Geely’s local market quality requirements. I expect it is the former, in which case it should have quality parity with other western manufacturers.

“The bad quality rap comes mainly from mass market low end consumer products where cheap is prioritized over anything else. Often that priority is set by American importing companies that want things built to a price point, regardless of the consequences.”

So, your argument is that the company that orders from a Chinese manufacturer is to blame for the Chinese making a habit of cheating the customer wherever possible, including not only highly variable quality in what is shipped, but at times outright counterfeiting of goods?

Nope, you’re making excuses. Manufacturers in other countries don’t make a habit of pulling that crap. If they did, they wouldn’t be in business for long!

No excuse, just the way it is. Companies who manage their outsourcing get what they specify. Companies that don’t, get unexpected cost cutting and spec issues. US based sub contractors do that sort of thing as well. You are being naive believing an outsourcing manufacturer stands on some sort of moral high ground.

I’d love to see Tesla get some real competition.

But a staid, conservative auto maker like Volvo is not where I’d look for a cutting-edge EV to challenge Tesla’s lead.

Not sure Volvo under the new ownership qualifies as staid and conservative anymore, but clearly we’ll have to see what gets delivered to know for sure.

Well, I very much hope Polestar proves me wrong! 🙂 The more compelling plug-in EVs on the market, the better. Especially if they really are gonna make 50,000 or more per year!

Fully agree on that point. 50k seems like a bona fide commitment.

As with all of these mainstream offerings, where you gonna charge?? There is no reliable nationwide network of convenient chargers like the Tesla Supercharger network. So you’re stuck driving around town. Reminds me of my old leaf. With the Model 3 ive taken road trips across the country without a second thought and it didn’t add any significant time to my trip.

The USA is literally one country out of hundreds. Your charging options might suck, but my country has a pretty good network of paid DC chargers and only five supercharger spots in the whole country with a handful of destination chargers elsewhere.

“The USA is literally one country out of hundreds.”

Not when it comes to the EV market, it’s not. There most certainly are not hundreds of countries where highway-capable, 4-wheel passenger car EVs with strong safety standards are sold.

The U.S. is one of the leading markets. In fact, think it is the leading market for highway capable, 4-wheel plug-in EV passenger cars outside China.

I’m all for competition, but at the same time I remember reading (a few years ago) a similar article about how the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in Hybrid was going to be the “Tesla killer”. Alas, it’s being discontinued and Tesla is still going strong. So, I take the claims in this article with a bit of salt. Having that said…if it succeeds, we all win.

You forgot to mention this car will be built in China. Ideally it will bear tariffs equivalent to those imposed on Tesla in China.

The author forgot to mention how the Polestar 2 will be the first car with FULL Android Auto integration. Go Volvo!

Why would we want cars to support phone apps, especially apps as bad as Android Auto?

The biggest difference is you can buy a Tesla while a Polestar 2 is unavailable. Announcing they are going to build one in the future is fine, but you can’t really call it a competitor until people can buy it. As we see with Kona and Niro, people would buy them but they are not really available and likely not available for general sales in 2019.

Tesla Model 3 at $56,000 (AWD and 301 range) is priced right and you can actually buy it.

There is likely no competition for the Model 3 in 2019.

Well, the launch is dated for early 2020, first in China, Then USA, Canada, Belgium, UK, Germany, Nederland, Sweden and Norway. Other markets will follow. Price in Europe, starting at 39.900 € to 59.900 for launch edition, available first 12 months. If I wanna buy a EV, I prefer wating for this Polestar to buy a Model 3. Same price, with same performance, but a huge advantage in terms of quality and design. And you can find a Volvo agency everywere.
The only thing is the real production capacity of Volvo. Maybe the Model 3 could retaing advantage more time.

I can’t buy a RHD Model 3 so they both might as well be unicorns.

How it looks outside and inside, and the outstanding quality of Volvo making, is far away from Tesla. But the key will be price and electric performance. In the rest of factors for me is far better than Model 3.

Bring on the serious competition! I really like the look of this car. Sharp and clean. The interior looks far nicer than a Model 3, and I’m sure the cabin is quieter because it’s a Volvo. However, Tesla’s battery technology, Autopilot, and Supercharger network cannot be ignored. CCS is just not there yet and reliability is questionable. I’m not seeing a compelling reason to wait for a Polestar 2 when I can have a Model 3 soon.

Good options, however superchargers are unbeatable.

Is the Model 3 frunk really 15 cubes? Not saying it isn’t, and I rarely use mine but it just doesn’t feel like it would be that large.

Indeed not. It is much smaller, 85 l. InsideEVs are bad at measurements.

It is actually the rear trunk that holds 15 cubic feet of cargo. Not sure where things went wrong in translation?

No, rear trunk is only 340 l.

“Now that a solid alternative to Model 3 is on its way…”

LOL!

NPNS! SBF!
Volt#671 + BoltEV + Model 3

@InsideEVs
“By contrast, the Model 3 frunk holds 424.8 liters (15 cubic feet).”

Nope! That is size of the trunk + frunk. The Tesla 3 frunk is not very big, it is 85 l. Because it is a sedan trunk is only 340 l.

The storage space of the Polestar 2 will be larger and much more practical, because it is a hatchback.

Where are you getting the width from? Specs I’ve seen list both cars at 73in width.

I am bit surprised that you still are not getting the price comparison right… Polestar gave a price od 60000 euros for the launch edition, for the German market. Currently, the cheapest possible Tesla in Germany is priced 56000 euros (LR AWD, no options, black color). That same Tesla in the US, costs 50000 USD. So using the current exchange rate and the ratio of model 3 prices, top spec Polestar 2 (launch edition) will cost around 53000 USD, which is actually cheaper than the comparable Model 3.

In the end, we don’t know the exact prices, but on a like for like comparison, 53k should be the US price.

Things not mentioned in the article: P2 has proper door handles and window frames. Most likely also has a heated steering wheel.

Volvo plans to product 50,000 Plestar 2s during 2020, while Tesla is planning to produce as much as up to 1,000,000 cars during 2020. Some people try to call it a “competition”. Really?

Only in height Polestar-2 is more, but in length and width Model-3 wins. But the 5th door will play an advantage to P2.
Overall $45,000 price tag is too much for P2. But they still have a long way to go with obtaining batteries, supercharging stations, etc.

Hardly a Tesla 3 killer give its price

Geely and Volvo execs are total morons. Why on earth would you choose to make a “mee too” product and try your chance in red ocean aganist a shark like Tesla, rather than put your efforts in a product where tesla isn’t present? They could easily develop a model Y competitor and put it on the market a lot earlier and be 10× better from the next ICE offering. But they used their reasources to come up with a mediocore product compared to M3. Sorry folks, you need to take” decion making 101″ lessons, read some management books for efficient use of resources.
Next time, read some insideevs posts and comment prior to make a serious decision.

Does it seat 4 or 5?

Another similarity between companies: Volvo made 571,000 cars in 2017 and Tesla will be near that run rate this time next year.

BIG DIFFERENCE: not one of Tesla’s vehicles will have an engine 🙂