British Asia Network - Shahzad Sheikh
London 5 October 2019 - Polestar is the new spin-off brand from Volvo that will focus on hybrid and electric vehicles only.
The all-new Polestar 2 performance fastback will enter production early next year and is set for first deliveries to begin by June with the price just revealed as starting from £49,900 including servicing and maintenance for the first three years (although electric cars require significantly less servicing than conventional cars).
Polestar 2 is a fully electric car with two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery capacity that will enable a range of 500km (300miles), based on Volvo Car Group’s adaptable Compact Modular Architecture platform (CMA).
The 27-module battery pack is integrated into the floor and contributes to the rigidity of the chassis as well as improving the car’s noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels – road noise has been reduced by 3.7 dB compared to a traditional chassis.
The electric motor produces 300kW (equivalent to 408bhp) and 660Nm (487lb ft) of torque - which will give it an astonishing 0-62mph time of under five seconds. Set up for sporty performance it will have Ohlins dampers and Brembo brakes.
The car features a host of driver aids, including advanced Pilot Assist. There's a panoramic roof and pixel headlights plus an infotainment system powered by Android Automotive OS - a first for any vehicle. This solution serves up Google Assistant, Google Maps as well as the Google Play Store2, and a Harmon Kardon sound system is also included.
Why are the electric cars so expensive.
Responding to Raj - yes they tend to be expensive, despite heavy subsidies because they are expensive to produce. However high mileage drivers should look at the longer cost of ownership against the savings in fuel. As more and more manufacturers switch to producing EVs, the production costs will start to come down and prices will become more in line with other cars.