Volvo Polestar 2
Volvo Polestar 2

Volvo’s high-end performance car brand Polestar unveiled its first fully electric vehicle this week, challenging the Tesla Model 3, which starts at a similar base price of Rs 32lakhs ($45,000).

Polestar 2 comes after its predecessor, Polestar 1 was a high-performance hybrid created by the Swedish carmaker in 2015.

“Excited to finally publicly talk about the Polestar 2 with Google embedded. The Luxe team has a lot of work to do from now until launch,” Curtis Lee, Vice President at Volvo said.

“The buzz around the Tesla Model 3 showed where electric mobility is relevant for society today,” said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath at a launch event Wednesday. “And with Polestar 2 we bring an exciting premium electric car that will broaden the choice on offer in exactly this segment.”

Features:

1. The new vehicle has more than 400 horsepower, and can go from zero to 100 kph in five seconds.

2. Polestar 2 is a “five-door” fastback-style car (meaning the rear end opens like a hatchback) with room to seat five. It offers more storage than the Polestar 1, too, since the EV battery pack sits low, making up the floor of the car.

3. The aforementioned 78 kWh battery is reportedly good for around 275 miles per charge based on EPA testing methods.

4. The Polestar 2’s interior looks more fully developed and coherent than the one in the Polestar 1, to my eyes at least. The centerpiece is an 11-inch portrait oriented touchscreen where the company’s Android-based infotainment system lives.

5. A big benefit to this embedded approach is customers will have instant access to Android Auto-approved apps like Google Maps, or Play Music, or Google Assistant without needing to use their smartphones.

6. This native version of Android will also be updatable, meaning Polestar and Google can push over-the-air software updates to improve the car’s functions long after it’s sold.

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