Tesla Model 3 vs Polestar 2: performance, features, batteries, and price

Monday, 04 Mar, 2019

The Polestar 2 is a compact electric sedan created to rival Tesla's hot-selling Model 3. The electric Polestar 2 is rated at more than 400 horsepower, and can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in about five seconds. And, with a list price around $45,500, that puts it right in Tesla Model 3 territory.

This new Polestar 2 is a very interesting vehicle. The dual electric motors of the Polestar 2 will be connected to a 78kWh battery pack with which Polestar is targetting an all-electric range of 500 kilometres.

Last year, Volvo Australia managing director Nick Connor told industry journal GoAuto that the Polestar 2 would reach Australia in 2020.

One of the Polestar 2's most interesting features is an infotainment system powered by Google's Android operating system.

This 11-inch touchscreen interface uses an Android interface, the first of its kind on any auto now in production. Ingenlath said during the unveiling, explaining that is was the reason why Polestar made a decision to integrate Google's technology in its new vehicle.

Other interior features include a panoramic glass sunroof, seating for five, a quirky hollowed-out gear shifter and a digital instrument cluster. Phone-as-Key technology enables auto sharing and a more integrated ownership experience, as well as Polestar's connected services such as pick-up and delivery. Polestar 2 is still provided with a standard key fob for peace of mind. Custom settings such as the position of the seat and mirrors will be saved within the Polestar Connect mobile application. As the driver approaches the vehicle, the smartphone app shows battery status, range, and the time remaining to a full charge. Along with the Volvo underpinnings, there are also quite a few hints of Volvo's design language in the new Polestar 2's styling. Even more importantly, that figure won't break the bank for the average performance vehicle buyer. Or you visit a nearby Polestar Space, staffed by non-commissioned representatives.

To get you up to speed, Polestar is Volvo's performance arm, sort of like the Scandy version of BMW's M division or Merc's AMG. Even with the motor off, patrol cars are often required to sit for hours with their emergency lights on to direct traffic which drains the battery and could leave an electric patrol auto stranded and in need of a tow.

Polestar 2 will also be available in a network of soon-to-be-opened Polestar Spaces that will provide physical viewing and test drive opportunities. It's like Amazon. You choose and configure your Polestar 2 via a website, plunk down your 40-thou via bank transfer, and then they'll deliver it to you. This addition gives the Polestar 2 a new set of high-performing dampers, brakes, and 20-inch forged wheels.

The Polestar 2 is now available for online ordering and will have a price range from Euro 39,900 - 59,900.

Once the average consumer begins to purchase electric cars rather than gasoline-fueled ones, there will be a greater demand for infrastructure to support electric vehicles.

The company said it will be taking the vehicle on a "roadshow" to promote it around the world starting next month.

Volvo's new electric performance vehicle division has unveiled a battery-powered compact set to compete with the Tesla Model 3.

The vehicle will be formally unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.