Polestar broadens appeal - and range - of stylish EV

Polestar 2

ELECTRIC car specialist Polestar is widening its range by adding single-motor versions to its appealing Polestar 2 model.

This can be paired with either a 'standard range' 64kWh battery or a 'long range' 78kWh battery.

The motor, which is front-mounted, is set up to produce 221bhp in standard range guise, with the longer-legged model offering slightly more, at 228bhp. Both offer the same 243lb ft of torque.

In the case of the Polestar 2, the 64kWh battery is expected to yield a range of between 260 miles and 273 miles, with the larger battery achieving up to 335 miles.

Polestar 2

The front-wheel-drive single-motor models join the four-wheel-drive dual-motor version that the Polestar 2 launched with.

It uses the 78kWh battery and its two motors offer a total of 402bhp and a stonking 487lb ft of instantly available torque.

The dual-motor has a quoted range of up to 298 miles.

Introducing the single-motor cars has lowered the entry price to Polestar 2 ownership to £39,900 for the 64kWh model.

The long range single-motor car is £42,900 and the dual-motor version £45,900.

Polestar 2

Polestar offers three options packs, called 'performance' (£5,000), 'plus' (£4,000) and 'pilot' (£3,000).

Equipment levels are high on all of the Polestar 2 variants; the most eye-catching feature is probably the Google Android Automotive-powered 11-inch central display, which sits beside a 12.3-inch driver display.

Polestar is one of the crop of new, electric car brands. A sister company of Volvo, it builds its vehicles in China.

Obvious rivals for the Polestar 2 include the Tesla Model 3, though the Polestar, with its Volvo-esque sense of style, will strike many people as better designed.

The car isn't available through a regular showroom but via Polestar's website; a sign, perhaps, of things to come more generally.

Polestar 2

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