The war is on. No, not the war of Polestar against Tesla, they are competitors fighting in the same camp. It's a war of new against old, battery against combustion, pistons agains cells. Tesla have called together the crowd, now they're storming the Bastille, with Polestar as new and charismatic leader, as the guiding light, spearheading a revolution against a hundred-year-old king called combustion engine.

This year Polestar will not only start the production of the Polestar 1, but also send their mightiest warrior yet, the Polestar 2, to frighten the hell out of the old king.

The 1 is more powerful, sure. However, the Polestar 2 as the brands first battery only car will in comparison be the performance EV for the masses. And yes, with 395 hp, a range of 480 km (300 miles) and a price presumably somewhere between 40.000 € and 50.000 €, it's aiming directly at the Tesla 3.

The Reveal of Polestar 2 happens in three Phases.

Phase 1 is all about two of it's most important characteristics, being battery powered and being user-friendly.

The battery

Everyone who gets into a Polestar 2 will be hooked on EV

Hans Pehrson, head of R&D

The battery of the Polestar 2 is more than in your usual EV.

All components of the Polestar 2 are designed to optimise performance and to elevate the car above other electric vehicles. The battery itself provides additional torsional stiffness, increasing handling, balance, responsiveness and driver experience.

The battery also reduces road noise by 3.7 dB. How does it achieve this? Well, EV's have nearly no engine noise of course, which means that you hear everything else from around the car and vibrations from the road surfaces much more clearly. The Polestar 2 drives innovation by actually replacing the material used for NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) by the batteries.

Charging time, battery capacity, and range have all been optimised to make the Polestar 2 a versatile, powerful, eco-friendly car that is equal parts safe family car and avant-garde modern vehicle.

In-Car Interactions

Imagine this: You walk up to your Polestar 2, the display comes to life, showing the amount of charge in the battery, the amount of time left to a full charge, and the distance the car can drive, before the door is even opened. You sit down in your sports seat, the display lights up further, incrementally “waking up” to adjust to the driver’s presence. The Polestar 2's user interface is designed to adjust to the driver.

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It will also be the first car to use Google's brand new Android UI as the foundation of its infotainment system. This shouldn't be too different from Volvo's current Sensus system at first sight (which is good, because I like it) but its going to be way more powerful in terms of functionality. It'll even give you the possibility to download and use, not all, but many apps from the Google Play Store.

Volvo showcased the system last year in the XC40. Credit: the Verge

Volvo showcased the system last year in the XC40. Credit: the Verge

Also included is the Google Assist voice control, which is obviously way more advanced then Volvo's current voice control and will be quite handy for things like setting a navigation destination or dictating messages and all the other things you're doing with voice control, I guess (I don't use voice control that often). Being an Apple fanboy I just hope they don't let Android shine through too much and that it works together with the iPhone without any problems. But Volvo are saying this system gives you the best infotainment-experience you are going to get in a vehicle, at least for now, and I tend to trust them ;)

What else is there?

We don't know much more right now, everything else would be speculation at this point. I mean, it's obvious that the Polestar 2 will be also available via the subscription option, just like the Polestar 1 and it will most likely look a lot the 40.2 concept from 2016:

Okay, since we're talking looks now, let's have also yet another look at this teaser image:

...which at least shows us that the car has really wide hips and the rear lights are one large lightbar (something I absolutely adore).

Some will tell you it's going into production this year, some say next year (which is actually the last information I have from Polestar regarding this). But we'll have to wait another two weeks for Phase 2 to really find out more...

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Source: Polestar, Volvo Cars, the Verge

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