Polestar unveils its all-electric response to the Tesla Model 3



Volvo’s standalone electrical performance brand Polestar introduced Wednesday its first all-electric vehicle — a five-door fastback that’s gunning for its Tesla Model 3.

Each time an electric vehicle — concept, prototype, or production version — has been unveiled, the expression “Tesla killer” has been tossed about no matter whether that car will come to market.

In the case of Polestar 2, it’s unclear if it will be the “Tesla killer. ” It’s possible that an entirely new group of consumers will be attracted to the vehicle. What is clear: the Polestar two was created to compete with the Tesla Model 3 in the U.S., Europe and China. 

You can watch the reveal on Polestar’s YouTube station .

The specs

The Polestar 2 meant to be a performance electric car. It s equipped with two motors and a pack that has an EPA array of approximately 275 miles.

The Polestar 2’s all-wheel drive electric powertrain produces 300 kW ( an equivalent of 408 horsepower) and 487 lb-ft of torque. This is above the rear-wheel (and currently cheapest) variant of the Model 3. It’s only a skoosh beneath the dual-motor performance edition of the Model 3, which has an output of 450 horsepower and 471 lb-ft of torque.

The Polestar 2 accelerates from 0 to 100km (about 62 mph) in under 5 minutes — a stat that puts it directly above the mid-range Model 3 and under the performance version.

Polestar 2-Exterior-Front

Android inside

In 2017, Volvo announced plans to incorporate a version of its Android operating system into its car infotainment systems. A year later, the company said it would embed Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps, and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system.

Polestar has followed Volvo. The Polestar 2’s infotainment system will be powered by Android OS and as a result, bring embedded Google services like Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store .

This shouldn’t be confused with Android Auto, which is a interface that lays on top of an operating system. Android OS is modeled after its operating system that runs on Linux. But rather than running tablets and smartphones, Google altered it so it might be utilized in cars.

The Polestar 2 will have so-called “Phone-As-Key technologies,” that essentially means customers will be able to unlock their car remotely using their telephones. This capability opens the door — literally and figuratively — for owners use a shipping service to drop off items in the car or to rent their vehicle out.

The feature also enables Polestar 2 to feel the driver .

Polestar 2-Interior

Market plans

The base price of Polestar two is 39,900 euros ($45,389), the company says. But for its first year of production the pricier “launch variant ” will only be available at 59,900, or about $68,000. (The prices are listed before any federal or state incentives might be applied).

The launch edition is essentially a base car with two bundles, its advanced driver assistance system known as Pilot Assist and Plus Pack.

Generation of the Polestar 2 will begin in 2020 in its Chengdu, China factory. The company is initially targeting sales in China, the U.S., Canada and a handful of European nations that include Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK.

Polestar, like its rival Tesla, is currently ditching the dealership. Polestar will only sell its vehicles online and will offer customers subscriptions to the vehicle. Subscription pricing will be revealed at a later date, Polestar stated.

The automaker is opening “Polestar Spaces,” a showroom where customers can interact with schedule test drives and the product.  These spaces will be within standalone centers rather than present Volvo retailer showrooms.

Polestar was a high-performance brand under Volvo Cars. In 2017, the company was recast as an electrical performance manufacturer aimed at producing exciting and fun-to-drive electric vehicles — a market that Tesla was the first to fill and has dominated ever since. Polestar is owned by Volvo Car Group and Zhejiang Geely Holding of China. Volvo was acquired by Geely in 2010.

The company’s first vehicle, the Polestar 1, premiered in September.  The Polestar 1 is not a pure electric car; it’s a plug hybrid with two electrical motors powered by three 34 battery packs and a turbo and supercharged gas inline 4.

Polestar said Wednesday that its vehicle, the Polestar 3, will be an performance SUV. ” The organization didn’t provide any additional details about the Polestar 3.

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