Polestar 2 Likely To Boast 350-Mile Range, Tesla Model 3 Price

JUL 17 2018 BY MARK KANE 55

Polestar’s COO Jonathan Goodman revealed that the upcoming all-electric Polestar 2 is expected to boast a range of 350 miles (563 km).

Volvo’s performance and electric brand says it directly targets Tesla and Porsche.

The Polestar 2 with big probability will be based on the 40.2 concept seen in the image (the 40.1 concept was utilized for the Volvo XC40) and could become a Tesla Model 3 fighter considering expected prices between £30,000 ($40,000) to £50,000 ($66,000) and power output of 400bhp.

Market launch is scheduled for 2019 and according to Goodman, Polestar 2 will “will represent the lower ‘bookend’ of our showroom range and, for now, it should give us as much access to the volume end of the EV market as we need.”.

  • expected range: 350 miles (563 km)
  • expected price from £30,000 ($40,000) up to £50,000 ($66,000)

Following the Polestar 1 (low-volume PHEV) and Polestar 2 (BEV), the Polestar 3 is to be a large, all-electric SUV.

Interesting is what Goodman said about designing the electric cars for a volume market:

“The global electric car market was worth four million units in 2017,” explained Goodman, “but it’s quite widely expected to be worth 29m units by 2025. EV owners will come from all walks of life. So it’s a mistake to assume that, because the cars are electric, you have to make them quirky or futuristic.

“Other brands may be doing that, but if we’re looking at a market worth 30m cars within seven years, it isn’t going to be niche, it’s going to be mainstream. So you just design a great-looking car – not one with a big blue flash down the side.”

“I think it’s very dangerous for brands like ours to sit here and ask ‘what’s our type of customer?'”, he went on. “Electric cars will be just as appealing to young executives as they are to retirees. It’s a new market, and purchase intentions will vary. So we’ve got to be a welcoming brand that’s not geeky, cliquey or judgmental.”

Well, it could be a pebble thrown into the garden of the first-generation Nissan LEAF, Toyota Prius Prime and BMW i3.

Source: Autocar

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55 Comments on "Polestar 2 Likely To Boast 350-Mile Range, Tesla Model 3 Price"

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The range is NEDC, WLTP, EPA or custom?

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This was the first thing that spung to mind.

Is…expected…:)

If they Get The “Fugly Out” …(Style Looks So Outdated)…. & Put some Decent “Tesla Level” Batteries in it with Real Word 350 Miles , It may be worth looking at…

It looks awesome…priced as a normal Volvo it will sell like crazy.

Ok , From the side view it resembles an old Dodge Caliber , The rear side Marker lights & Rear Quarter Resembles a 1984 – 944 Porsche …

I think if you polled 100 people, majority would agree that it looks pretty good.

I Hope It’s Not Another Compliance Car…Which it Probably Will Be …If that’s the Case a Niro Or a Kona Would be the Better Choice , Hands Down !

Did you read the quote from the Polestar COO? He’s talking about how to maximize sales in what he predicts to be 30 million unit segment in 7 years. That hardly sounds like a “compliance” strategy.

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350 mile range seems to indicate that it would be the exact opposite of a compliance car.

If you want to drive a Korean car. Not that a Chinese car is any better.

Currently leading the world rally championship: Hyundai. I think the Koreans are doing just fine with building cars at the moment.

Ya’ll must be Blind In One Eye & can’t See out the Other…lol. …Plus I wish They would Publish All my Posts that Qualify My Comments & Not Pick & Choose & Leave The IMPORTANT Ones Out…

I explained before that when you randomly capitalize words and don’t follow a more standard format, your comments go into the moderation folder. Then, I have to find them there and approve them. Most of your comments go through now just fine, except for this type with the random caps … and more … and no periods etc.

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Thank you for your willingness to enforce a reasonable standard with regard to grammar and content.

You’re a scholar and a gentleman.

Sorry , np.. I’ll try to refrain.

Haha. No worries. I’m just letting you know why some of them continue to get stopped up.

Why are you even writing like that? Is random capitalization suppose to mean something?

I like much than Model 3. I love the new Volvo design.

It looks a hell of a lot better than anything Tesla has put out aside from their first Roadster (which doesn’t count since they didn’t design how it looks).

I think the Model S is a great looking car (though I don’t care as much for the late models’ “grille”) and the 3 is slowly growing on me.

The S looks great, the 3 is meh and the X is just plain ugly.

Very brave flaunting poor taste like that. The Model 3 is widely considered very beautiful.

The X is a bit of a fatty. I do think the 3 is pretty cool, even if the S is looking a bit long in the tooth.

I’m sure we’ll see a facelifted Model S soon. Just hope they don’t change the really good looking parts.

The S is a classic. But it could use a refresh even so. The 3 is my favorite, it looks sporty and isn’t as huge as an S. Of course I drive a Volt so any full sized car looks huge to me.

Yeah, Model S looks good. A small change to the front, and it would look stunning.
I’m just waiting for the new Roadster too, that looks really good.

The (newer) front is my favourite part of the Model S…

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Tesla makes extremely handsome vehicles. Their design sensibilities are refreshingly conservative for a product that’s so cutting edge.

Actually, they are kinda magic: on one hand, they look kinda traditional; but at the same time, they are very very recognisable…

350 mile range- sweet! Now what to do about fast charging options for road-tripping the car…

So where do you charge on a cross country trip? (No Super Chargers?)
Can they do over the air software updates?
Does it have self driving or some form on auto pilot?
Are the batteries liquid cooled for 20+ year life in the Phoenix AZ area?

Never mind the cross country trip. How about just getting rid of free chargers so that one can drive to Vegas and back without having to wait hours at DCFC? No such luck with CCS cars. CCS cars should be priced in mid $25K after subsidy, far less than much more capable and usable Tesla 3.

No I love free charging…like apps on my smart phone….free if possible

Free anything usually ends poorly. The Tragedy of the Commons writ large. Every time I went by the EV Go charging station near me (before it closed) it was in use by 2 Leaf Taxis with another one waiting to charge. Apparently Non-Taxi BEV drivers were discouraged from using it by the taxi drivers. And it closed even though it was in near constant use. That tale tells its own story.

There’s this place called “the rest of the world” and in some places there are some pretty good non-Tesla charging networks.

Even Nissan are actively cooling batteries now so a proper TMS seems like a given.

Or even the northeast / Acela corridor where there are far more CCS and ChadeMo than there are Tesla options.

You Tesla fanbois are starting to sound suspiciously like the people who say EVs won’t succeed because of the lack of charging infrastructure and limited range. Every time there’s an article about a legacy automaker, these arguments get trotted out like clockwork. How many people have ever driven cross country in any car, let alone an EV? How many people are going to have their lifestyles limited because they can only drive 300 miles in a session? How many people who would prefer an EV as a daily driver/commuter are going to not buy one because a $5,000 auto pilot feature or OTA updates aren’t available? Yes, those are nice features, but they’re LUXURIES and insisting that every EV has to run down a checklist of optimal features is going to hold back overall adoption.

Not to mention there are twice as many CCS DCFC locations in the USA as there are Supercharger DCFC locations.

Where will they source the batteries for a volume seller?

China. They are a Chinese company.

Yes, It would make a great add if Mark included whether, or to what extent, the China connection delivers the Polestar?

Are those door handles push button, auto-presenting, or levered?

Ok all electric, but is it all wheel drive?

Nice computer graphics for sure.
Now then, when they have the real, available and affordable car in the local showroom, I’ll certainly look at it.

Hint, it’s not going to be “affordable” as in under $40k.

I’m undecided on the looks, but as the stock image is of a concept vehicle and not a pre-production model, I guess it’s a moot point.

A real world 350 mile range would certainly make it a purchase option, although I guess that’s the £50 K price tag…. it looks like Polestar are considering two range options.

Yeah, I’m also trying to work out what segment it’s supposed to go into. Hatchback, Crossover, Muscle? It’s got the styling of all three. 40.1 was the XC40, so 40.2 is an evolution of that, or a different segment?

I guess we have at least a year or two before it is launched so it’ll probably look very different as you say.

Gives some needed competition to a field that is lacking it, and has the best range to date (if they assume real world miles). It has the VOLVO badge so hopefully it should be reliable.

350 miles at Model 3 price, does anybody actually believe that? The only way to offer it at Model 3 price without losing money hands over fist would be to build in the sort of numbers Model 3 needs to be profitable and that’s pretty close to 500k/year for the $35K version. Volvo is not going to do that.

Agree! No way the rang is 350 miles EPA. Saving grace for them, in the US anyway, is that they will still have the tax credit when they come to market and Tesla’s will be gone or almost gone. I see a lot of wishful thinking in these claims.

The more competition, the better!

…is expected to boast a range of 350 miles (563 km) – as you can clearly see from the aerodynamic shape. And at a cost below what tesla can do who mass produce with high automation and make their own batteries. Well, I believe it when I see it, certainly would be quite a feat.

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A lot of companies are promising delivery of holy grail EV’s — SUV CUV capacity, amenities and Model X 100d range. Hope GM beats them all to market.