On Tuesday morning, Polestar expanded its line of battery-electric vehicles with two new versions of the Polestar 2 fastback, both of which should be cheaper than the fully loaded $59,500 Polestar 2 Launch Edition we tested last summer.
In the next few weeks, the automaker will start offering a simplified version of the dual-motor Polestar 2. It says that this version should have an EPA range of 240 miles (386 km). That should increase if you option it with the Plus Pack, which adds a slightly nicer interior (using the WeaveTech fabric from the Launch Edition), more speakers for the sound system, heated rear seats, steering wheel, and wiper blades, but perhaps most importantly, a heat pump.
The addition of a heat pump means that the Polestar 2 can warm or cool the cabin with less draw from the 78 kWh battery pack, and Polestar says that at ambient temperatures between 40-60˚F (4.4-15.5˚C) it can add up to 10 percent to the car’s range.
By the end of 2021, US and Canadian customers will also be able to buy a single-motor version of the Polestar 2. Annoyingly, Polestar hasn’t said if the single motor drives the front or rear axle, but it does say that the single motor is now rated at 231 hp (172 kW), up from the 201 hp (150 kW) motors used in the dual-motor versions. This should have an EPA range of 260 miles (418 km), or even greater when optioned with the heat pump-containing Plus Pack.
Pricing and a confirmed range are expected in the near future, and if you can’t wait, Polestar is offering an extra $2,000 if you trade in an internal combustion-powered vehicle for a Launch Edition.
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