The introduction of the Polestar 2 catapulted the model into the mainstream, delivering Polestar’s signature Scandinavian design in a car prepared for the plenty. It has been effectively acquired thus far, with Polestar automobiles making their means into the properties of greater than 150,000 clients. Gregor Hembrough, Head of USA at Polestar, mentioned that Polestar is on observe to ship 60,000 of the Polestar 2 world wide this yr.
A New & Improved Polestar 2
With the introduction of the 2024 mannequin yr Polestar 2, the model is giving its second car a facelift. Most noticeable is the swap from the extra conventional slotted grill to a easy aerodynamic grill.
Polestar’s CEO Thomas Ingenlath is clearly a fan of the Polestar 2 and had this to say in regards to the enchancment coming for 2024: “We completely love Polestar 2 – such a trendy, enjoyable automobile to drive. Our engineers have labored laborious to combine essential upgrades that basically improve the general package deal, they usually’ve made it even higher. We’re proud to see we will do that with out rising its carbon footprint, however moderately lowering it.”
Polestar invited CleanTechnica out to Denver to check drive its new mannequin yr 2024 automobiles and we had been capable of spend time driving the one and twin motor builds via the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. The lengthy vary single motor Polestar 2 sports activities an 82 kilowatt-hour (kWh) (79kWh usable) CATL-based NMC battery pack and a 220 kilowatt (kW) / 299 horsepower (hp) rear motor. That interprets to a whopping 320 miles of EPA rated vary per cost, which might be recharged at as much as 205 kW from a DC quick charger.
The lengthy vary twin motor construct comes with an additional motor up entrance, bumping to complete energy output as much as 310 kW / 421 hp and nonetheless sports activities the 78 kWh (75kWh usable) LG Chem-based NMC battery pack as earlier years. The mix can obtain 276 miles of vary per cost and might DC quick cost at as much as 155 kW as a result of limitations within the 78 kWh pack. When questioned in regards to the decrease charging pace, Polestar’s product & launch supervisor John Quinn hinted that extra updates had been within the works for the twin motor construct.
For these feeling the necessity for pace, Polestar additionally provides a Efficiency pack possibility on the twin motor construct. This selection leverages the magic of software program to kick the dual motors into overdrive for 335 kW / 455 hp and a whopping 740 N-m (546 lb-ft) of torque.
On the floor, the automobiles look virtually similar, with refined nuances that set them aside. Proper off the bat, the Efficiency automobiles are sporting large Brembo brake calipers within the unique Swedish Gold decor and matching valve stem covers. It’s a refined flex that this car isn’t simply one other Polestar 2. The badging additionally identifies it as a extra highly effective car. Inside, the gold seatbelt bands serve to spotlight the variations as effectively.
For mannequin yr 2024, Polestar launched a brand new battery pack for the one motor lengthy vary configuration. It additionally introduced the one motor from the entrance to the rear to offer it a extra sporty really feel. The brand new motor can be extra sprightly than the earlier incarnation, pushing out 299 horsepower, or 68 extra ponies than the 2023.
Polestar has additionally been engaged on different enhancements below the hood, together with improved inverters and the up to date 82 kWh battery pack that allowed it to spice up the DC quick charging pace as much as 205 kW. That’s not going to interrupt any pace information, nevertheless it’s greater than enough for the general public DC quick charging networks for the foreseeable future.
To expertise each builds of the brand new 2024 Polestar 2, the corporate mapped out a full day of driving via the Rocky Mountains. We began off with the one motor lengthy vary configuration which felt like the right street journey automobile. Its 320-mile vary offered ample confidence and allowed us to discover the curvy mountain highways with out having to consider vary or quick charging.
At a mean pace of fifty miles per hour on the mountain roads, that translated to only over 6 hours of driving. For these not protecting observe, that’s a full day of driving for the overwhelming majority of journeys, with out even having to take charging into consideration. Delivering greater than 300 miles of vary per cost lets most homeowners merely plug in once they get dwelling at evening identical to they do for his or her cellphones, and that’s it.
The 82 kWh battery pack helps the car really feel good and planted to the street, no matter how briskly you need to take a curve, whereas the enhancements to the suspension hold the steering good and tight. The suspension tuning is maybe probably the most noticeable of the enhancements within the new construct, particularly on the kind of the mountain roads we had been ripping round on.
Switching vehicles at lunch, we jumped into the twin motor lengthy vary model with the Efficiency Pack.
The 2024 twin motor Polestar 2 nonetheless makes use of the 78 kilowatt hour pack from final yr, however with the upgraded rear motor featured within the single motor construct. This interprets to a slight uptick in energy for the twin motor construct, with 310 kW / 421 hp and when it’s time to launch, it boasts 526 lb-ft of torque.
With the Efficiency Pack possibility, the ability and acceleration figures go up even additional to 335 kW / 455 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque. The upper energy output of the twin motor builds, coupled with the marginally smaller battery pack, interprets to a decrease vary for each. The twin motor construct is available in at 276 miles of vary per cost whereas the Efficiency Pack drops that all the way down to 247 miles of vary per cost.
Polestar’s model supervisor Jonathan Quinn famous that the corporate is engaged on further enhancements for the twin motor and Efficiency Pack, so we must always hold our eyes peeled for these updates within the close to future.
Getting behind the wheel of the twin motor Polestar 2 with the Efficiency Pack, the rise in energy was instantly evident, even at a 50% state of cost. It had a better prime finish and higher willingness to blast out of the corners, permitting us to speed up sooner and longer, particularly on the lengthy straightaways main again out of Estes Park, Colorado, into the mountains.
Whereas the upper prime finish was good, the Efficiency Pack was clearly lacking among the punchiness that we anticipate from electrical automobiles off the road. We slowed to a cease to check the acceleration from zero and the Polestar 2 Efficiency Pack construct felt prefer it was holding again or being held again by the decrease state of cost. When the state of cost drops in electrical automobiles, the decrease finish efficiency usually stays the identical however with noticeable drop-offs in peak energy.
Additional into the drive, the additional mid-range energy of the twin motor Efficiency construct actually began flexing its wings, serving to us blast out of the tight mountain curves with a bit of additional adrenaline. The suspension offered a stable basis for the mountain trek, because the Öhlins dampers and McPhereson struts helped hold the car planted, irrespective of how a lot we laid into it.
It’s thrilling to see Polestar delivering significant enhancements below the hood and kicking the vary up over that 300-mile threshold that so many patrons are in search of. The extra efficiency within the twin motor and Efficiency Pack upgrades seems nice on paper and delivers significant enhancements within the mid to prime finish, and we totally anticipate Polestar to return mid-cycle for upgrades to the battery and refinements to the powertrain.
Polestar has formed the lengthy vary single motor Polestar 2 into one of the enticing sedans in its class, with refinements that elevate it up above the Tesla Mannequin 3 in inside high quality and suspension efficiency in each consolation and sport. We stay up for seeing Polestar push the envelope on efficiency because it seeks to strike a steadiness between the uncooked energy and torque of electrical motors and the refined expertise it has develop into identified for.
Wanting past the Polestar 2, the model continues to push ahead with much more fashions. The Polestar 3 simply went on show on the model’s Denver storefront, which is bound to attract much more clients to the model. Its edgy seems and CUV packaging are already out within the showroom, prepared for public consumption, with pre-orders already underway for the $80,000+ beginning value car.
That value level is for the totally loaded configuration, which is what Polestar will kick off deliveries with. As is typical, extra inexpensive configurations will comply with as they ramp up manufacturing post-launch.
Disclaimer: Polestar paid for the creator’s journey and lodging to attend this occasion.
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