Tesla Model 3 vs Polestar 2: performance, features, batteries, and price

2020 Polestar 2 EV Interior

"Polestar 2 is our first fully electric vehicle and first volume model", said Thomas Ingenlath, the chief executive officer of Polestar.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said the initial Polestar models would herald a wider range of electric vehicles. Rather than flying in journalists from around the world to show off a zero-emissions electric auto, Polestar stuck with its image as a "digital brand" and Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath unveiled the Polestar 2 online, which was streamed live on the company's website. This is the second production vehicle from Volvo's performance Polestar brand, and it will compete directly with the Tesla Model 3 EV. This gives the Polestar 2 an estimated range of 500 km and a 0 - 100 km/h time of less than five seconds. "The standard dynamic chassis can be enhanced by the Performance Pack that improves driving dynamics with Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20" forged wheels.

On-board tech will include an Android-based infotainment system - including the Google Assistant, Google Maps with support for electric vehicles and the Google Play Store and featuring voice control and a 11-inch touchscreen display. Polestar will announce subscription pricing at a later date.

The use of Android technology also offers Polestar 2 drivers a high level of app flexibility.

The digital key enables many personalised settings for the driver, enables auto sharing and allows for connected Polestar services like pick-up and delivery.

The vehicle detects whenever the driver approaches and once the digital key, i.e., connected smartphone is in range, the in-car displays will show information regarding range, battery status and more.

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"The products are compelling, they're very attractive, they're pure, premium performance cars, they're a little bit different", he said. "Our avant-garde design has evolved from Polestar 1 into an edgier, bolder statement", says Maximilian Missoni, head of Design at Polestar.

The Polestar 2 comes packed with a host of features including a 'vegan interior" draped with "progressive textiles' which the carmaker claims will appeal to the 'the forward-thinking audience who will subscribe to Polestar 2'. "And with Polestar 2 we bring an exciting premium electric auto that will broaden the choice on offer in exactly this segment".

Pre-orders are open at polestar.com.

Test drives will first be available at Polestar events, according to a company spokesperson.

The Polestar 2 will start to roll out in overseas markets this year, but an Australian arrival at this stage is earmarked for 2020.

Polestar will show off its new vehicle at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show in March before embarking on a global roadshow across North America, Europe and China over the course of 2019.

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