2022 Polestar 2 Gets More Range and a Lower Price

A less-expensive version of the Polestar 2 is on the way stateside, one which should help it compete with the Tesla Model 3 and the Model Y. Volvo’s sister brand has just announced pricing for its 2022 models, introducing a single-motor, front-wheel-drive version of the Polestar 2 with the same 78-kWh battery, but an output of 170 kW from its single motor. What it loses in power it makes up with range—265 miles compared to 233 in the dual-motor sedan—according to the manufacturer’s estimate. If the official EPA figures hold, the bump in range should help it compete with the sole direct competitor which it will try to unseat—the Tesla Model 3.

Perhaps more than the bump in range, it’ll be the new and lower price that this model will offer buyers: $47,200, prior to the application of the $7500 federal tax incentive and other discounts. This will bring it to a point just below the increasingly important $40,000 mark. Polestar says that in California, the additional discounts will bring the price of the Polestar 2 all the way down to $34,900, after state and utility incentives, on top of the federal rebate.

The Long Range Dual Motor flavor of the Polestar 2 is not without changes for 2022, with Polestar squeezing out 16 additional miles for a total of 249, which makes the difference between the two versions largely a matter of preference. The dual-motor version, of course, will offer all-wheel drive and plenty more power, 408 hp to be exact, so the slight difference in price adds more power and all-weather security. The Long Range Dual Motor version will start at $51,200.

“We are excited to introduce the expanded Polestar 2 range, which offers an ideal configuration for every lifestyle,” said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar in North America. “As we roll the brand out to 20 new US markets this year, we have the product, pricing and convenience to place Polestar at the top of consumer shopping lists.”

Perhaps a greater challenge for Polestar is consumer market awareness of the brand. Over a dozen new Polestar stores—Spaces, in Polestar parlance—are scheduled to open in the US this year alone, seeking to make Polestar more of a household name, with the second half of 2021 expecting to see these Tesla-like outlets in Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Detroit. Obviously, Polestar has a ways to go even to achieve even Jaguar’s level of EV sales and brand recognition.

“We have made a significant foothold across the US market in the first half of 2021, and plan to keep expanding rapidly through the rest of the year. Interest in the brand is at an all-time high, and we are excited to continue to bring more cities online in the second half of the year,” Gregor Hembrough, head of Polestar in North America, said in late July.

At the moment the brand has Spaces in over a dozen other US cities where customers can take test drives, with Polestar seemingly trying replicate Tesla’s footprint model: Standalone stores that could offer test drives and vehicle ordering, and a mobile service program in addition to Service Points, with pick up and delivery of vehicles for maintenance needs.

“In the US, customers can already test drive, purchase, and service Polestar vehicles at locations in: Austin; Bellevue, Washington; Boston; Detroit; Denver; San Francisco (Corte Madera and San Jose), Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Princeton, New Jersey; and Scottsdale, Arizona,” Polestar notes.


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