Polestar 2: Diving Into The Electric Car’s Details

FEB 27 2019 BY DOMENICK YONEY 51

Deposits, the configurator, and tying up loose ends.

The Polestar 2 was released this morning to much fanfare.  We’ve posted the main points and shared the livestream presentation, but there are lots of details we thought we could share that may have been overlooked. After watching the reveal video and going through the now-live configurator, this is what we’ve learned.

First off, let’s talk availability. In the U.S., the 2 will be available first in California. The company has targeted July of 2020 to begin deliveries. Other regions that will receive the first cars are China, Canada, Sweden, Norway, UK, Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium. We imagine deliveries to other states and European countries will begin not too long after that, though no timeframe has yet been given.

Pricing

About that price: during the reveal presentation, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said “At launch, Polestar 2 will start from 39,900 euros. And at launch, we’ll be offering our all-wheel-drive 300-kW car for 59,900 euros…” This would make it seem as though there will be various trim levels available from the get-go. However, the official press release states, “For the first 12 months of production, guide price of the launch edition is 59,900 euros.” 

We reached out to Polestar for clarification and have been told that for the first 12 months after production begins in February 2020, the factory will only produce the Launch Edition. The lower-cost cars will then go into production early 2021, and the exact specifications and features of these editions will be made known closer to that time.

In any case, what we do know is that, if you go to the Polestar 2 configurator (now live), the base price in the U.S. will be $63,000 ($69,900 in Canada), with taxes, title, registration and destination charges extra. This is for the higher spec version with 300 kW, the panoramic roof, pixel LED headlights (these headlights not approved for use in U.S.), vegan seats, and Harmon/Kardon premium stereo.

Interestingly, the Chinese version of the configurator doesn’t offer a price yet. It does, however, give a deposit amount of 8,000 yuan ($1,196 at today’s rates). In the U.S., the desposit, which can be placed now on the Polestar website, is $1,000 after you complete a configuration.

Configurator

Speaking of the configuator, there are a couple of interesting points revealed here. Although the reveal presentation only mentions the vegan interior, there is also an option for ventilated Napa leather seats. You can also upgrade to a performance package which gives the car a set of Öhlins DFV (dual flow valve) track-worthy shocks, Brembo brakes all around, and 20-inch wheels, along with gold-colored seat belts and gold valve caps to remind you and others that you’ve splurged. If you forgo that upgrade, you can still get the 20-inch wheel option.

There are three different interior color packages to choose from, though some exterior color choices may limit that to two. We expect that as more information about other editions are made known, the configurator will offer different choices. We also note that noo prices are yet available for the different options, including any of the six color choices.

Yes, the Polestar 2 has a rear hatch.

Other Interesting Tidbits

There are a few other points we would like to bring to your attention. While the big headline says the 0-to-100 kph (62 mile-per-hour) figure is 5 seconds, they are actually targeting 4.7 seconds. Also, like the Tesla Model 3, your phone is your key and there is no start button. Approach the car with your personal device and the car will unlock. Sit down in the driver’s seat and it turns on.

There is not a lot of information yet available about the extent of its driver assist functions. We do know, however, that it wil offer some help. Its pilot assist system uses radar and cameras to monitor the environment around you. The safety system includes driver alert, collision avoidance using both braking and steering, run-off mitigation, and evasive manoeuver assist. It also has cross-traffic alert and rear collision warning/mitigation.

Finally, it appears as it may not have a front trunk (frunk). If it does, it will be on the small size. It does, however, feature a rear hatch opening with autoclose in the rear, which will no doubt be appreciated by many.

We will, of course, be closely following the Polestar 2 here on our main site, as well on the PoleStar section of the InsideEVs Forum. If you’re a prospective buyer or just a fan of this new all-electric sedan, drop by there and share your experience with our community.

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“First off, let’s talk availability. In the U.S., the 2 will be available first in California.”

I’m far more interested in what Polestar/ Volvo is aiming at in terms of annual production to be shipped outside China, which is pretty much a completely separate market.

Will the new EV be available in the USA and in the EU in only compliance car numbers? Or does Polestar/ Volvo intend for this to be a comparatively high production car, possibly to rival the production of the Model S or Model X?

Availability outside China in the first few months may or may not be any indication of what they are aiming for in terms of global annual sales.

And despite the Polestar 2 being characterized as a competitor to the Model 3, I just don’t see Volvo trying to make any of its models in that high a volume, at least not for sale outside China. Inside China may be a different story, but as I said, that’s pretty much a completely separate market.

“Ingenlath declined to give exact numbers but says the global target production volume for the Polestar 2 will be from 50,000 to 100,000 units sold annually. China will be the biggest market, followed by Europe and North America.”
From Bloomberg. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-27/volvo-polestar-2-all-electric-luxury-car-priced-to-tesla-model-3

Thanks, Viking79!

Yeah, that 50k-100k goal looks really good, and a lot better than I expected from Volvo, unless the majority of that will be sales in China. It’s substantially higher than for, for example, the Chevy Bolt EV, which GM initially said would be made at ~30k per year, but if I recall, sales have fallen short of that.

Go Polestar!

Global Bolt sales have been pretty close to 30k/yr.

Is a nice goal, but the point is if they will be capable of achieve those numbers from the first moments. If they can to produce 100.000 cars from the first months, I’m sorry for Tesla fans, but if I were thinking about purchase a car like this (mainly a Model 3), I would wait for the Volvo. If not, if 100k cars production is a long time objective and the deliverys may suffer delays of months, Model 3 will keep its advantage .

“Will the new EV be available in the USA and in the EU in only compliance car numbers? Or does Polestar/ Volvo intend for this to be a comparatively high production car”

Probably somewhere in between the two.
It doesn’t seem like a compliance car since it will be sold in Europe, Asia and North America.

I suspect they will sell it at whatever volume they are able to.

Thanks for the summary! You might also mention the 150 kW charging. Mentioned at the bottom of the page: https://www.polestar.com/us/cars/polestar-2

Hmm, I’m not seeing the advantage versus the 2018 Model 3 Performance. Maybe more trunk space? What’s the big sell that makes you wait 2 years for this though? I guess we’ll have to see how it does against the Model Y.

Pricing seems more comparable to standard Model 3 AWD when comparing similar features. Add AP, a color, and wheels, tax credit gone for Tesla when this launches.

There will be a Polestar 3 to compete with Model Y (See Volvo 40.1 concept, speculating, but given this is almost identical to 40.2).

Model 3 announced in Mar 2016 and launched in volume end of 2017. This is supposed to be here mid 2020, so less delay (1 year 4 months vs 1 year 9 months+). Not everyone is looking to buy a car today, in fact most are not.

Chances are extremely good US Federal Tax Credit law is revised by the time Polestar 2 launches. No elected official in Washington wants to support foreign made EVs against American made EVs like Bolt EV, Teslas, and LEAF.

It is possible, but given no one has touched it in a few years my hunch is it won’t change.

I agree, I doubt anything will happen before 2021 (when he who must not be named may be gone). I doubt that the Rs and Ds could agree on a course of action and they would have to now with the house in the D column.

Didn’t the Orange one say he wanted to yank GMs incentives including the EV (which was about start to sunset anyways)? Also the removal of the EV tax credit was in one of the tax bills but that provision was removed…

Different size / form factor. Remember not one shoe fits all.

Ever considered that not everyone wants a Tesla?

Same price, same performance and range…. but much more quality fabrication, a really nice interior, more ergonomic and practic (instruments and info in front of the driver, HUD, buttons to operate main stuff…), 5 door versatility, better looks, wide commertial net in more countries, the support from one of the best car makers in the history…. sorry, but a Model 3 is a nice (best I mean) electric car, but is not a good car. It has a lot of issues, some of them ridiculous. The reliability in long term is an arcane and CR said is not recommendable, which is serious. Volvo is a realiable maker, their cars are better build and developed and now, offers a comparable electric performance at same price. In Europe were we don’t like sedans, this car is best option by far.

Viriato. Really? I agree the styling might be preferred by some. I kinda like the interior and the full hatch makes for a more practical car. However, I can’t say I am particularly impressed with Volvo. I bought one with the belief it would be the superior car your described and it was pretty much a POS. All the other specs are a step seem to be a step behind the Tesla and you won’t see an affordable version for 2.5 years.

I drive 2015 Volvo V60 (T6 AWD; bought used) … good car, but I don’t expect the reliability be great down the road. There’s nothing to suggest that it will be based on historical records of the platform.

Which brings me to a point … can you name a Volvo which was last time recommended by CR?

Better interior. More elegant design language, especially when looking at the car from the front. More functional and practical trunk, and more emphasis on engineering and safety.

It basically comes down to whether you like the Scandinavian design ethos + Volvo engineering vs California design ethos + Silicon Valley.

I prefer the former.

Funny, how some of you, just disregard why Tesla is ahead of anyone … the power-train, including battery, related efficiencies etc. Somehow the most vital part of any car is disregarded??? Doesn’t sound very logical or fair to me.

I’ll never be using my car at the drag strip to measure its 0-60 times. My dog is bigger than the one in the Polestar reveal. My weekend house is only 180 miles from home and even my first gen i3 handles that with only one recharge and a bit of ReX at the end. I fly nearly 100k miles a year and would never think to drive more than 4 hours even if I could. Different people, different needs. Tesla’s powertrain and efficiency aren’t big factors for what I use my car for.

The Model 3 interior reminds me of the very Scandinavian Bang & Olufsen’s aesthetic.

It will probably lease better…

“The lower-cost cars will then go into production early 2021, and the exact specifications and features of these editions will be made known closer to that time.”

I guess that the base model will not be equipped with the 78 kWh battery pack.

But they don’t want to tell us that now already.

2021 is a wee way away. By that point the battery pack they can produce may have changed, with battery research so hot right now. So not saying seems to make sense. Makes sense to me.

New battery technology now might end up in a car 4 or 5 years from now.

I disagree. We simply don’t know what different companies have up their sleeves, nor everyone they are working with. For example, they might know that their tech won’t be production ready when P2 launches. But it will be about 6 months after. They want to hit the market soon, and not tank sales by announcing anything relating to new tech too early.

There’s also the fact that they have have learned things they want to change, even using current tech. So they choose to remain quiet for now.

As I said in another article my suspicious were right, the car will be very expensive for the first year and nobody really knows how it will be after that.
I think the car looks nice (like all the latest Volvos), the specs look nice, but being more expensive than a model 3 doesn’t leave me very excited… Plus it’s going to be a long time before it comes available.

It is the same price as a comparably equipped Model 3, assuming price of Model 3 doesn’t change after tax credit goes away.

Is the same price as TODAY’S comparable equipped Model 3. Who knows what Model 3 options/configs will exist over 2 years from now?

Yes, but that is only comparison we can really do now. We have to revisit this comparison once the car actually ships.

We don’t yet know exactly what is being offered with the Polestar 2 at $63,000. We do know that the claimed specs for the $63,000 version has substantially less range.

They left some vagueness. My guess is less range is due to aerodynamics (or possibly tires). It isn’t very substantial (10%).

That aside I think Polestar intentionally left some room to adjust options depending on market next year. They are vague on their Pilot Assist features, maybe they have some announcement/progress to announce here:
“A suite of preventative and protective features, coupled with an unprecedented level of environmental awareness made possible by multiple radar and camera units, ensures that the Polestar 2 is at the forefront of vehicle safety.”

It’s got a hatch!! It’s my only complaint against the Model 3.

Yes! I mean, I have other complaints about the Model 3, but that’s a big one! I’d gladly sacrifice the frunk for a hatch (although I don’t see why they can’t do both). Of course, especially considering all of the European countries they’re going to be selling it in, what they really need is to fill in that silly notch taken out of the back of the car and make a sensible wagon out of it 😉

“It’s got a hatch!!”

Indeed, much more practical than a sedan.

Also it is a Volvo. It WILL have a hitch as option. An important option in Scandinavia and Netherlands.

How does this compare to the NIO ES6 in China? Thats the EV market that matters most and homeland of Volvos mothership Geely.

Android phone only from the Polestar.com page. That’s odd.

Available in 2021, three years from now. Sigh.

Hopefully I have two years on LR/AWD Model 3 by then. Planning to get by June 30 to get the $3,500 OR $2,500 credits.

“Available in 2021, three years from now. Sigh.”

Are you in some sort of time-zone stuck in 2018? Sigh.

Looks like this Volvo launch is smacking the same crack like Elon tusk(!) with their initial $35grand reveal then immediately after that announcement it’s all of a sudden DOUBLE the price at $69grand!! Guess I will be driving my Volt for the next few years..to hell with Volvo!!

It seems that only high end EVs can be made and sold profitably. Unless costs can be brought down drastically cars like the Bolt, Leaf, Niro, Kona, etc. will not be viable (in the U.S. anyway) without the tax credit. GM is switching it’s EV effort to Cadillac; my guess is that the Bolt goes away in a year or two. You can get a good deal on one now and full tax credit through 3/31.

Nonsense. Renault Zoe has been profitable for several years.

They copied more than the Phone Key idea from Tesla.

No OTA updates ? No deal!

Source?

It has OTA updates. Watch the release video.

Waiting on the taycan

What is with all these vegan interiors? Vegan leather is not as durable as real leather and the difference in cost for a luxury car is not there. Aside from that Id rather have the P2 than the model 3 considering volvo has some pretty good reliablity and a good warranty(assuming you ever need it)

This uses premium textile or optional Nappa Leather. It doesn’t use PU or PVC (which is much more durable than leather). “Vegan” just means animal friendly interior, which matters to some people. some cars make this very difficult as shift knobs or steering wheels are often wrapped in leather no matter what. This lets you get the main options of the car in an animal friendly way.

Not exactly accurate to say Polestar cars will be shipped _to_ China. They’re manufactured there — it’s a Chinese car by a Chinese company.

No thanks, getting a mid-range model 3 as soon as tesla get it ready for norway!

Finally, they realise the purpose of the thing is to convey the Dog around the place. Awesome.