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The Polestar 2 – Safe, Smart and Swedish

Are you looking for a car that brings an all-encompassing redefinition of electrifying performance? If you are, then The Polestar 2 is the latest EV to hit the technology news reels and could be your next purchase!

Production started in March 2020, but it was unveiled on February 27, 2019, via a live internet stream. The first open show was at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in the same month. This all-electric 5-door fastback is the second car under the Polestar brand after the Polestar 1, which is a plug-in hybrid car. The Polestar 2 is the first BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) in the Volvo Car Group.     

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Next Level BEV Safety for the Polestar 2

The Polestar 2, the first utterly battery-powered vehicle comes with something Volvo call Severe Partial Offset Crash; a deflective solid aluminium block housed on the base edge of the front firewall on either side of the car. A feature designed to reduce infringement of the wheel and other objects toward the battery pack during partly offset frontal crashes. These crashes can cause damage to the sub-floor and therefore, the battery. 

The Polestar 2 has an innovative Acoustic Vehicle Alert System. An excellent way of saying the vehicle makes vroom vroom noises absent from its non-ICE power-train. The Polestar has the usual raft of airbags, including ones fitted to the inner edge of the front seat-backs as a plus to its safety features.

The Polestar 2 rigorous safety testing

Battery Protection

The Polestar 2’s battery pack is enfolded in an aluminium case and fully housed within the CMA system’s floor composition. That minimizes the risk of damage, stiffens the body structure, and protects inhabitants by keeping the battery undamaged in the event of a crash.

In a collision, the battery pack is disengaged automatically from the rest of the car. A safety feature that guarantees no live battery linkage.

The Polestar 2 comes with a heated radar sensor in its front grille, which powers its crash avoidance systems. These radar systems – either for active cruise control systems or pre-collision warning systems always go wonky in winter. Kudos to Volvo for solving the problem.

Car Features

  • Range: If the car is fully charged, it has a targeted range of 470km or up to 275 miles.  Although it depends on many factors: the climate outside and inside the vehicle can make a difference – both cooling and heating require power. Besides that, road conditions, tires fitted, terrain and traffic also play a role. Driving style is also a factor. All these factors can have either a negative or a positive effect on the total range.   
  • Safety: Polestar 2 has a suite of preventative and protective safety features. Predictive and aware, the safety features of the Polestar 2 is a near-ubiquitous co-pilot, putting the car at the forefront of safety.
  • Charging: If you drive 33km or 37 miles per day then you have to charge your Polestar 2 once per week at the most. If you drive more, then you will have to charge it more, obviously.
  • Charging times: This is variable; it is based on how much energy is remaining in the battery and what type of power outlet the user is using. If the user using an 11kW wall box, then charging the car from 0-100% takes about eight to ten hours and can be done overnight.  If you use a fast-charging station, that time will reduce drastically – a charge from 8 – 10% per cent to full will take about 30 minutes. 
  • Battery: The Polestar 2’s battery lasts for the lifespan of the vehicle itself, according to Volvo.

Polestar 2 Price

Volvo revealed the starting price of the Polestar 2. The vehicle pricing starts at around US$59,900. That is the price for the initial version with 487 foot-pounds of torque, 408 horsepower, a 78-kilowatt-hour battery and all-wheel-drive.

The Polestar 2’s closest rival, the Tesla model 3, starts at just under $40000, almost a whopping $20000 cheaper

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