Official EPA range ratings have been released for the 2022 Polestar 2 and they show 26 kilometres (16 miles) more range for the Dual Motor variant
Despite better range, the new model is cheaper than previous
A different testing method could be responsible for some of that increase
When the 2022 Polestar 2 was announced recently, the focus was on the new Single Motor version which promises a longer range and significantly lower price than the previous base model.
Now that EPA ratings are available, comparisons between the 2021 and 2022 Dual Motor models can be made.
These ratings show an increase in range of 7%, which gives the more powerful model of the Polestar 2 a range of 401 kilometres, or 249 miles.
Two factors can explain this improvement. The car now rides on 19-inch wheels as standard while the 2021’s where 20 inches. This could be responsible for an increase of about 3% in the range.
The other 4% is probably due to a difference in the way range was tested between the two model-years. The 2022 was submitted to more comprehensive 5-cycle test as opposed to the shorter 2-cycle test used on the 2021.
This longer test gives more a more accurate idea of the real-world range since it takes the average of five tests to determine the range.
A change that didn’t improve tested range but could improve it in the real world is the addition of an optional heat pump which limits the reduction in range usually experienced by EV in the winter.