In the past In a few years, the global automotive industry has reached a consensus in two stages: first, the future of driving involves driving on electrons and not exploding oil. Secondly, the best way to package these electrons is to use the type of vehicle that people really want: an SUV. Audi has E-tron, Jaguar the iPace. Cadillac is leading the General Motors electrification project with an SUV. Porsche has just announced that its small SUV, the Macan, will come soon with a battery. And as you can guess from the names of these companies, these vehicles are not cheap.
Polestar has a different approach. The Volvo brand, based on electricity and performance, unveiled today the Polestar 2, which puts the emphasis on do not to be a luxury SUV. "They're already fed up," says Thomas Ingenlath, CEO, about customers who want expensive, expensive things. His team has been working for over three years on a mid-size five-door fastback, which looks like a sedan for a vehicle that does not aim exclusively at fantasy. A car that has a lot in common with the one that Elon Musk was busy building.
As its so creative name indicates, it is Polestar 's second vehicle, even though it was more like a proof of concept for the revived brand: a hybrid rather than an all-electric vehicle, based on an old Volvo. concept, and cost $ 155,000 – more than an Audi R8. This new electric vehicle is the first car of the brand: all electric and original.
In terms of specifications, the Polestar 2 resists. Pulling energy from a 78 kWh battery, both engines produce more than 400 horsepower and nearly 500 pound-feet of torque. They can get the car to 100 km / h in less than five seconds and travel 275 km between loading stops. Inside, you get an 11-inch center screen running Google Android software, which should provide a more enjoyable user experience compared to most of the manufacturer's native systems.
The Polestar 2 now starts at $ 63,000, and in about a year, Polestar aims to have a $ 45,420 available version. Even if it is a luxury prize, there is a federal credit of $ 7,500 and discounts from different states. The cost of the car can drop by more than $ 30,000.
Its price, its characteristics and its size reveal that the Polestar 2 has an obvious competitor: the Tesla Model 3. Elon Musk's mass car starts at about $ 42,000 and slightly beats the Polestar in acceleration and range. But while you might call Polestar a Tesla fighter, the electrical space has become quite crowded. So, it's also a Jaguar fighter, Audi, Mercedes, BMW and more.
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