Polestar 2 might not even make it to the US to compete with Tesla Model 3



The US release of the Polestar 2 is due to the political climate between the United States and China. If US President Donald Trump pushes through with plans to put tariffs on vehicles being imported from China, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath notes that it will be better for the company to distribute the Polestar two to markets such as Europe instead.

In a statement to the Financial Times, Ingenlath clarified that import tariffs on the Polestar 2 will end up raising the vehicle’s cost. This will give it a disadvantage in the current market, primarily since the electric fastback is geared toward the Tesla Model 3, a mass-market vehicle.

“The business case for bringing the car to the US is determined by the sort of tariffs we have. Tariffs would make the car too costly. It wouldn’t make sense to offer the vehicle for a ridiculous price,” he said.

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Volvo Cars, which owns the Polestar brand, is in turn owned by Geely from China. Similar to Volvo’s other vehicles, the company plans to manufacture the Polestar two in its Chinese facilities. Volvo does have a factory in South Carolina that could produce the sedan for the US market, but Ingenlath notes that tooling up the facility for the manufacturing of the car carries a whole lot of risks.

“If you don’t have the opportunity to establish the brand then and the current market the choice to set up production there is a risk, and who would take that risk? ” he said.

The lack of the Polestar 2 in the US market can grow to be a huge advantage for Tesla and its Model 3 sedan. Several experienced carmakers have unveiled their own premium vehicles over the last year, but none could be regarded as a Model 3 rival until the Polestar 2. Priced between $45,000 and $68,000 before incentives, the Polestar two has that bang-for-your-buck factor that can challenge Tesla’s bestselling electric sedan. With no Polestar two on the US market, the Model 3 will extend its uninterrupted reign in the country longer.

The Polestar two is equipped with a pack that provides the vehicle an estimated range of 275 miles per charge. The fastback is equipped. Similar to Tesla, the business is using a mobile app as a fundamental part of the Polestar ownership experience, with orders and configuration of vehicles being performed online.

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