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2022 Polestar 2 gets more range, lower starting price

The 2022 Polestar 2 has been announced with more range and a lower starting price. Quite possibly the biggest news is that the front-drive single-motor version is now available in the U.S. That gets you an EPA-estimated 265 miles of range on a single charge and 228 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. Polestar says that the single-motor version of the 2 can hit 60 mph in 7.0 seconds. The dual-motor version also got a range improvement to 249 miles per charge, an increase of 16 miles. Power ratings for the dual-motor model stand at 408 hp and 487 lb-ft, allowing it to hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds according to Polestar.

Both versions of the 2022 Polestar 2 use a 78-kWh battery with a usable capacity of around 75 kWh. It can charge at peak rates of 150 kW, allowing it to get to 80 percent in around 40 minutes. Using a level 2 AC charger of 240-volt battery, the Polestar 2 can charge to full overnight at peak rates of 11 kW.

Regardless of which configuration you get, the 2022 Polestar 2 is available with a mechanical heat pump as part of the Plus package. Polestar says that during certain conditions, the heat pump can extend the car’s range by up to 10 percent. This should be most noticeable in cold climates where battery-electric vehicles tend to lose a lot of their driving range due to extensive use of the car’s climate controls.

Pricing for the 2022 Polestar 2 starts at $47,200 for the single-motor version and $51,200 for the more powerful-dual-motor iteration. The reason why the latter is less expensive is that it’s no longer available in only the Launch Edition model, which came with the Pilot and Plus packages standard. You can get both packages on both the single- and dual-motor versions. The Performance package, however, remains exclusive to the latter. That adds 20-inch alloy wheels with Continental summer performance tires, adjustable Öhlins dampers, gold seat belts, and Brembo brakes. Stand-alone options include Nappa leather upholstery with ventilated front seats, a tow hitch, metallic exterior paint, and 20-inch alloy wheels with a special spoke pattern. With the tow hitch, the Polestar 2 can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Deliveries of the 2022 Polestar 2 are expected to start in Oct. with the dual-motor variant. The single-motor model will follow at the end of 2021. As before, you can’t simply go to a dealer and pick up a Polestar 2. You must order it online via Polestar’s consumer site where you will configure the car with the options you want, select how you want to pay and whether you want to lease or purchase. Once you’ve configured the vehicle, you’ll get an estimated delivery time and work with your local Polestar “Space” for financing options and trade-in.

Once your car arrives, you’ll be able to choose if you want to personally pick the car up or have it dropped off at your home or another specified location. After purchasing the car, owners living within 150 miles of a Polestar “Space” or service point will benefit from getting their car picked up, delivered, and serviced without them setting foot in a dealership. Those living outside of the 150-mile zone, on the other hand, will benefit from a mobile service program where Polestar sends a technician to you for software updates and minor repairs.

Polestar recently announced an expansion of its retail “Spaces” worldwide with 16 of the 40 being in the United States. The newest locations that are about to open are in Orange County, CA, Central New Jersey, and Grapevine Texas.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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