Volvo's high-performance Polestar brand just unveiled Sweden's answer to the Tesla Model 3

Polestar 2

  • Volvo’s
    high-performance Polestar
    brand unveiled the all-new Polestar 2 EV on
    Wednesday.
  • The Polestar 2 is a compact electric sedan designed to
    rival Tesla’s
    hot-selling Model 3. 
  • Polestar 2 should have a range of 275 miles on a single
    charge.
  • Its electric motor develops 408 horsepower and draws
    power from a 78 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. 
  • In the US, the fully-loaded Polestar 2 Launched Edition
    starts at $63,000. 
  • Production is expected to start in early
    2020. 

Volvo’s high-performance Polestar brand unveiled the all-new
Polestar 2 EV on Wednesday. The Polestar 2 is a compact electric
sedan designed to rival Tesla’s hot-selling Model 3. 

“Polestar 2 is our first fully electric car and first volume
model,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said in a statement.
“Everything about it has been designed and engineered with passion
and dedication.”

Polestar 2According to Ingenlath,
the mass production Polestar 2 is a major step in the company’s
quest to deliver environmentally friendly, high-performance
automobiles. 

“As an electric performance brand, and through the forthcoming
launch of a portfolio of fully electric cars, Polestar is
determined to address the world’s air quality challenges,” he
said. “Polestar delivers electric performance cars that are great
to own and drive.”

Volvo Car Group owns 50% of Polestar while Volvo’s parent
company Geely Group owns the other 50%.  

Polestar 2 is expected to have a range of 275 miles on a single
charge. Its pair of electric motors develop 408 horsepower drawing
electricity from a 78 kWh LG Chem battery pack. (China market cars
will get a 72 kWh locally produced battery pack.) 

Polestar 2Polestar 2 is built on
Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform.

Read more:
Porsche just confirmed that the best-selling Macan SUV will soon be
all electric
.

According to the automaker, Polestar 2 can hit 60 mph in less
than five seconds. 

The Polestar 2 is available with a Performance Pack with added
goodies like Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes, and 20-inch
wheels. 

Polestar 2The Polestar 2’s
interior features an 11-inch vertically-oriented touchscreen. It
will be one of the first cars in the world to feature an
Android-powered infotainment system that offers features such as
Google Assistant and Google Maps. 

The Polestar 2 will go into production at the company’s Chengdu,
China factory in early 2020 in both right and left-hand
drive. 

The fully-loaded Polestar 2 Launch Edition will start at $63,000
in the US. A $7,500 federal tax incentive can knock the price down
to $55,500. 

Polestar 2A shorter range version
of the Polestar 2 will be sold in Europe. However, there are no
current plans to offer that variant in the US. 

As with all Polestar models, the Polestar 2 will only be
available for sale online. 

The Polestar 2 will make is official auto show debut in March at
the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. 

SEE ALSO: The
10 best cars of 2019

FOLLOW US: On Facebook for
more car and transportation content!


Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH:
Watch how this putty can increase your car’s horsepower

Source: FS – All – Economy – News
Volvo's high-performance Polestar brand just unveiled Sweden's answer to the Tesla Model 3