The U.S. Introduction of the Polestar 2 Brings Another Affordable EV to the Market
Swedish automaker Polestar is bringing an affordable electric vehicle to U.S. markets. The Polestar 2 is a long-range, single motor V with a very reasonable starting price tag of $45,900.
Polestar is a relative newcomer on the global automaker scene. It was founded in 2017 as a partnership between Volvo Cars Group and Geely Holding, a Chinese-based multinational automotive company. The Polestar 2 is, as the name implies, its second-ever model and first all-electric vehicle. You might have already caught a glimpse of it in the company’s 30-second Super Bowl slot that aired earlier this year.
With a max range of 270 miles, the Polestar 2 doesn’t have the 300+ mile range of all Tesla models. But with a starting price of $45,900, it’s well within buying range for a much greater percentage of the US population. Scooter Doll, writing about his Polestar 2 test drive for Electrek, says, “this feels like the perfect EV for someone who has never owned one before.”
The arrival of the first batch of Polestar 2s also prefigures the introduction of the upcoming Polestar 3 SUV–which Polestar actually plans to build and market mainly in the U.S., potentially bringing a big shift to the EV landscape in America.
One question we’re asking about the Polestar 2 is… with its shorter range, how easy will it be to get this thing to a SuperCharger when you’ve already gone about 260 miles?
Charging stations are still the missing piece when it comes to making electric vehicles truly accessible to the masses. One innovative solution we’ve seen recently is private companies installing charging stations as part of their sustainability initiatives–such as Chase Consumer Banking, which is working with EVgo to place fast charging stations at 50 of their retail locations in the U.S. this summer. EVgo is the company behind the largest network of DC chargers in the nation, which are powered exclusively by renewable energy.
If the pilot program is successful, Chase plans to install chargers at 400 more retail locations–good news for Polestar 2 buyers!
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