Polestar becomes RWD with update

Polestar follows a recent Volvo EV upgrade by adding rear-wheel drive variants to the 2 series.

All variants are equipped with new electric motors and inverters, which are said to offer “significant increases in efficiency and performance”.

Single motor variants are now rear-wheel drive and powered by a new permanent magnet motor and silicon carbide inverter. The new engine has an output of up to 220 kW (increased from 170 kW) and is optimized for maximum efficiency and high torque (490 Nm instead of 330 Nm). The 0-100 km/h sprint time has been reduced by 1.2 seconds to 6.2 seconds.

The dual-motor version now features a rear-wheel drive orientation, said to increase driving pleasure and performance thanks to a completely rebalanced powertrain setup and torque ratio. The new rear engine is the primary power source, supported on the front axle by a new asynchronous motor. This enables a higher total system output of 310 kW and 740 Nm (increase from the original 300 kW and 660 Nm), significantly improved traction, higher overall efficiency and higher performance – 0-100 km/h is achieved in 4.5 seconds. To help increase efficiency, the front engine can now be fully disengaged when not in use. When the rider desires more power, the front motor kicks back in instantly and seamlessly.

With the optional Performance Pack, up to 350 kW and a sprint time of 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds are available. The increase in power, performance and driving pleasure is also available as an over-the-air performance software upgrade for download on all eligible dual-engine endurance vehicles.

The 2024 model year Polestar 2 has a redesigned front end. A SmartZone contains active security features including the front-facing camera and mid-range radar.

The 20-inch forged alloy wheels in the Performance Pack have been updated.

All versions have improved lithium-ion batteries in “most” markets, which has a positive effect on efficiency and capacity as well as charging times. Long-haul versions now have CATL 82kWh 27-module batteries, while the battery for standard-haul versions retains a 69kWh 24-module capacity and is now supplied by LG Chem.

The updated batteries benefit from a redesigned battery disconnect unit, improved bus bars and improved cell chemistry – enabling faster charge rates of up to 205kW DC for long range batteries and 135kW for the standard range battery.

Range improvements are effective for all versions due to the larger and improved batteries and the optimization of power delivery from the more powerful motors. The front engine disconnect feature on the long-range twin engine variant is particularly effective in maximizing range, which is now up to 592km, an increase of 105km.

The standard range single motor version can now travel up to 518 km, an increase of 40 km, and the long range single motor variant can now achieve up to 635 km WLTP, an increase of 84 km is equivalent to.

The standard equipment has been revised. Driver awareness features are now standard, including Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with steering assist, Cross Traffic Alert with brake assist, and Rear Collision Warning and Mitigation, along with the 360-degree Surround View camera and auto-dimming door mirrors. Wireless phone charging is also now standard on all versions.

First deliveries are expected in the third quarter of 2023. Prices start at 50,190 euros.


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