One motor, more than half the power
Polestar 2 also getting an available heat pump
Polestar is adding another variant of the Polestar 2 EV. This time it’s a single-motor version that adds range while offering a lower price. They’re also adding an available heat pump to help increase the range even more.
Joining the Launch Edition of the 2 is a standard dual-motor version. This one offers a more simplified model than the loaded Launch that gets an EPA-estimated 240 mile (389) range, which can climb by 10 percent when fitted with the optional Plus Pack that includes that more efficient heat pump HVAC system. The Plus Pack also adds a full-length glass roof, Harman Kardon audio, WeaveTech vegan seating, and heated wheel and wiper blades. Polestar says that the heat pump reduces battery draw as much as half in cold temperatures, helping to add vehicle range. Models without a heat pump use a grid heater much like an in-home baseboard electric heater.
The single-motor Polestar 2 gets 231 hp, up from the dual motor’s 204 hp per axle, but less than that car’s 408 total. EPA range for this one, thanks to the same 78 kWh battery as the dual motor cars, is 260 miles (421 km). Again, with the Plus Pack, real-world range can improve up to 10 percent.
Other new option packs include the Pilot Pack that adds Pixel LED lighting as well as driver assistance including adaptive cruise and Pilot Assist. There is also a Performance Pack on dual motor cars that adds Ohlins adjustable dampers, enhanced Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloys, and “Swedish gold” detailing inside and out. The single motor car is set to arrive later this year, and pricing for the US and Canada has yet to be revealed.