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Volvo’s Polestar joins electric vehicle race to rival Tesla 3

Volvo’s Polestar joins electric vehicle race to rival Tesla 3

"We've developed meaningful hardware and software to make the Polestar 2 a auto so distinctive, so personal and so innovative it will electrify your drive." said Ingenlath.

Following on from the svelte Polestar 1 hybrid, which was launched in October 2017, the imaginatively named Polestar 2 is a more direct competitor for the Tesla Model 3. A 78kWh battery provides range of about 500km and Volvo promises to establish "strategic collaborations to give Polestar 2 owners easy and hassle-free access to the world's largest public charging networks".

And if sporty driving is what you're after, Polestar will also sell you a Performance Pack created to improve the car's handling characteristics.

Polestar, the former performance brand of the Volvo has revealed its second vehicle in the form of the Tesla Model 3-rivalling Polestar 2.

Polestar Spaces will be creative environments where potential buyers can physically interact with both our digital brand and Polestar product experts. Polestar customer will not be subjected to a high-pressure tradition dealership auto buying experience.

The Polestar 2 uses the driver's smartphone as a key - or rather an authentication device - and comes with a variety of modern features. Polestar claims the pack contributes to chassis rigidity and helps reduce road noise by 3.7dB compared with a traditional chassis.

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According to the company, the standard Model 3 will offer a range of about 220 miles, a top speed of 130 mph, and 0-60 mph acceleration of about 5.6 seconds.

Specifying the "Performance Pack", meanwhile, adds Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and model-specific 20-inch forged wheels, while Polestar's signature gold seat belts, brake callipers and valve caps complete the visual upgrade. Polestar will answer the important question of charging Polestar 2 with a smart, convenient and extensive approach.

As with all other Polestars, the 2 can only be ordered online.

The system is projected onto an 11.0-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen, which forms part of the entirely vegan interior. The headline price tag is €39,900 (around £34,100), but for the first year of production, Polestar will only sell you the €59,900 (£51,100) "launch edition" model. Further tech, such as numerous connected services and the facility to use your smartphone as a auto key, also feature. Smart features like enlarged graphics in the instrument cluster allow the driver to easily see the charging status and range before entering the vehicle.

Production of the Polestar 2 will begin in China from early next year and the worldwide markets targetted are Belgium, China, Canada, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.

The Polestar 2 will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show beginning on March 7 in Geneva, Switzerland.


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