The All-Electric Polestar 3 SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Polestar 3
Price: £79,900
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 111 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 347 - 379 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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. The company’s portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) include:



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The All-Electric Polestar 3 SUV


The Polestar 3 is a defining moment in the history of the automotive brand. The Polestar 3 is the first pure electric SUV from Polestar and also the first Polestar EV to use the SPA2 (Scalable Product Architecture) platform used by parent group, Volvo.

The Polestar 3 is now available to order in the UK with deliveries expected to commence in fourth quarter 2023. The all-electric Polestar 3 competes in an already fierce segment of pure electric premium SUVs. However, the Polestar 3 has much to offer those seeking a premium e-SUV.

The Polestar 3 is available in one EV battery size: 111 kWh and in two variants: Long Range Dual Motor and Long Range Dual Motor: Performance Pack. The automotive manufacture claims a zero-emission electric range up to 379 miles (WLTP) for the entry-level Long Range Dual Motor and up to 347 miles (WLTP) for the Performance Pack variant.

Even adjusting for real-world driving i.e. weather, temperature, road conditions, driving profile, load, speed, tyre size etc, the Polestar 3 offers excellent pure electric range for short and long distance driving. For the Long Range Dual Motor, expect a real-world range closer to 325 miles and for the Performance Pack, a 300 miles EV range. Both variants offer a class-leading practical electric range.

For longer motorway driving trips, the Polestar 3 electric SUV offers DC charging capability up to 250 kW. Despite the limited availability of 250 kW ultra-rapid DC charging infrastructure, it is indeed good to note that Polestar has offered this capability as standard. A prudent future proof strategy! The Polestar EV can be charged 10%-80% in 30 minutes.

The Polestar 3 EV offers a 3-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard. However, given that the majority of homes have single-phase power supply in the UK, taking advantage of the 11 kW onboard charger will be only for those with access to three-phase EV charging at home, work or at a public destination. At 11 kW, the EV battery can be fully charged in 11 hours. Single-phase EV charging will take longer. We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight at home, when the electricity tariff rates are cheaper.

The Polestar family electric SUV is available as an all-wheel drive (AWD), as standard. The Long Range Dual Motor variant can achieve 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds (max power: 483 bhp/ 840 Nm torque). The top of the range, Long Range Dual Motor: Performance Pack can achieve 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds (max power: 510 bhp/ 910 Nm torque). The top speed is 130 mph.

In terms of technology and features, the EV has much to offer either as standard or an option upgrade pack. These include: 9” driver display, 14.5” centre display, Head-Up-Display (HUD), ADAS: advanced driver assistance systems, regenerative stability control, night-time collision warning, intelligent speed assist, rear collision warning and mitigation, blind spot information and more. In terms of practicality, the EV offers up to 484 L boot space and a 32 L frunk (front storage compartment). As for exterior styling, the Polestar 3 is sporty and stunning!

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PROS CONS
Class-leading electric range Expensive
250 kW DC charging and 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard Available in only one EV battery option
Striking exterior styling Not available as a seven-seater

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The All-Electric Polestar 3 (credit: Polestar)


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

Variants (2 Options)
Long Range Dual Motor (from £79,900)
Long Range Dual Motor: Performance Pack (from £85,500)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 111 kWh
Charging:250 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11kW AC (0%-100%: 11 hrs)
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):1614
Width (mm):2,120
Length (mm):4900
Wheelbase (mm):2985 
Turning Circle (m):11.8
Boot Space (L):484 

Long Range Dual Motor
EV Battery Capacity:111 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):379 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Charging: 250 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11kW AC (0%-100%: 11 hrs)
Top Speed:130 mph
0-60 mph:4.9 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):360
Horsepower (bhp):483
Torque (Nm): 840
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):N/A
Colours:6
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Long Range Dual Motor Performance Pack
EV Battery Capacity:111 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):347 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Charging: 250 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11kW AC (0%-100%: 11 hrs)
Top Speed:130 mph
0-60 mph:4.6 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):380
Horsepower (hp):510
Torque (Nm): 910
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):N/A
Colours:6
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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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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