With last year’s debut of the Polestar 2, Scandinavia’s premier electric vehicle manufacturer entered the mainstream market. For 2022, the Volvo-based EV maker introduces a refreshed and expanded model lineup including a more affordable base model. Known as the Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor, this entry-level electric sedan provides far more refinement and fun than you’d expect from a slightly hefty front-driver.
For those who need a refresher: Polestar is a sister company to Volvo; both are owned by Chinese automaker Geely. The Polestar 2 is the Scandinavian automaker’s second production vehicle after the sporty Polestar 1 hybrid. Polestar knows that customers are aware of the connection to Volvo, but it is trying hard to redefine that association as it becomes more established. Whether they need to do this is unclear, however, as sharing components and manufacturing expertise with a major OEM isn’t a bad thing for a new company. This is especially true when the end product is as well rounded as the Polestar 2.
The Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor forgoes the rear-axle second motor of the original model, packing only a single motor on the front axle. The electric motor, good for 231 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque is fed by the same 78 kWh battery pack as the more potent model. A revised gear ratio helps the single motor Polestar 2 make best use of that power, though acceleration figures aren’t as impressive as other EVs. Polestar says 0-60 mph takes an even seven seconds with the single motor model, though the sprint doesn’t feel nearly as long; as with many EVs, the instant power delivery of the electric powertrain means the Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor feels much more muscular than the numbers would suggest. It may not provide the same stoplight bragging rights that other EVs, but you won’t actually find yourself caring much from the driver’s seat. While official EPA figures aren’t yet available, the new single motor is expected to provide 265 miles per charge. For comparison, the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus is EPA certified for 263. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.