The All-Electric Polestar 2 Hatchback: The Complete Guide

Polestar 2 electric car

Overview


Polestar is a high performance Swedish automotive brand established by Volvo in 1996. The Volvo Group has a long history of success and was established in 1927. Since then the company has had multiple owners, to include the US based, Ford Motor Company. Its current owner is a Chinese automotive behemoth, Geely Automobile, which acquired Volvo Cars in 2010. Geely also owns the automotive brands Lotus Cars and Polestar

Volvo Cars was one of the first mainstream OEM’s to commit to a push towards zero-emission road transportation.  In 2017, the company announced its intention to ‘electrify every car in our range’.  Volvo is not new to ‘electric propulsion’ and has already deployed a test fleet of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in 2010 and had launched the first plug-in hybrid diesel cars in 2012.  

The automotive manufacturer has an ambition to achieve 50% sales from pure electric cars and the remaining 50% from plug-in hybrid electric cars by 2025. The company is also committed to becoming ‘climate neutral’ across the value chain by 2040. 



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The All-Electric Polestar 2 Hatchback


Volvo Cars, the Swedish luxury vehicles manufacturer, announced in 2017 that Polestar would commence manufacturing high-end performance electric vehicles (EVs) to compete head-on against Tesla. The manufacturer introduced the first Polestar car in October 2017, the limited edition hybrid Polestar 1, inspired by Volvo’s Concept Coupe introduced in 2013.  Fast forward to 2019, and Polestar had unveiled its first mass-market 5 door all-electric car, the Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 interior has the hallmarks of classic Volvo styling with ‘minimalism’ and ‘clean Scandinavian design’ at its core.  However, the CEO of Polestar has been quick to point out that the Polestar 2 design has not been limited by traditional Volvo designs based on practicality, comfort and safety.  The Polestar 2 has been designed in a more progressive and performance oriented manner. The interiors themes have been curated around three cities as inspiration: Shanghai, Berlin and London. 

The all-electric hatchback is perfect for families already familiar with the advantages of owning and driving a Volvo car i.e. a fantastic reputation for safety and quality. Of course, the electric Polestar further enhances this enviable reputation, given the environment-friendly nature of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) i.e. no tailpipe pollution!

The EV is practical and versatile without compromising on quality and comfort. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom. The electric vehicle (EV) is available in two battery sizes (64 kWh and 78 kWh) with a zero-emission electric range of up to 335 miles (WLTP). More than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, day trips, weekend getaways, grocery shopping and a lot more!

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The All-Electric Polestar 2 (credit: Polestar)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
Standard Range Single Motor (from £39,900)
Long Range Single Motor (from £42,900)
Long Range Dual Motor (from £45,900)

PROSCONS
Very good electric range with the Long Range optionAn expensive EV. Cheaper options available
Interior quality high and good headroom for rear passengersDC charging limited to 150 kW
High electric performance and impressive stylingColour options relatively dull colours

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes (64 kWh/ 78 kWh)
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 11kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh£2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1479
Width (mm):1985
Length (mm):4606
Wheelbase (mm):2735

Standard Range Single Motor
EV Battery Capacity:64 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):273 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):171
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11kW AC)
Top Speed:100 mph
0-60 mph:7.4 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):165
Horsepower (hp):224
Torque (lb-ft):243
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,198
Colours:6

Long Range Single Motor
EV Battery Capacity:78 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):335 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):171
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11kW AC)
Top Speed:100 mph
0-60 mph:7.4 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):170
Horsepower (hp):231
Torque (lb-ft):243
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,198
Colours:8

Long Range Dual Motor
EV Battery Capacity:78 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):298 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):194
Charging:150 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11kW AC)
Top Speed:127 mph
0-60 mph:4.7 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):300
Horsepower (hp):408
Torque (lb-ft):487
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):2,198
Colours:8

Polestar 2 electric car
The All-Electric Polestar 2 (credit: Polestar)

Polestar 2 electric car
The All-Electric Polestar 2 (credit: Polestar)

The All-Electric Polestar 2 (credit: Polestar)

Polestar 2 electric car
The All-Electric Polestar 2 (credit: Polestar)

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EV Charging Stations Available Via e-zoomed (credit: Wallbox)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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