The Polestar 2 will get new electrical motors in mid-life refresh

A Polestar 2 next to a wall
Enlarge / Polestar has given the Polestar 2 a brand new nostril therapy for model-year 2024.


The present electrical car renaissance has been correctly underway for a number of years now, and we have reached the purpose the place the primary of these EVs at the moment are present process a mid-life refresh. Later this yr, the revised Polestar 2 will go into manufacturing, that includes extra customary gear, a brand new nostril, and all-new electrical motors.

“Usually within the automobile business, a facelift introduces superficial visible modifications that usually destroy the unique intention of the automobile’s design theme. With the brand new model-year Polestar 2, we slightly went beneath the floor and upgraded substantial tech and mechanical elements of the electrical drivetrain,” stated Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath.

The most important modifications are reserved for the single-motor Polestar 2. This can now include an 82 kWh battery pack, in comparison with the 78 kWh packs within the twin motor automobiles, and needs to be enough for as much as 300 miles (483 km) on a single cost, though Polestar continues to be ready on its official EPA vary estimate.

There is a new everlasting magnet motor and a silicon-carbide inverter, and now the motor drives the rear wheels, not the fronts. Energy and torque have elevated fairly considerably, too, from 231 hp (172 kW) to 295 hp (220 kW) and from 243 lb-ft (330 Nm) to 361 lb-ft (490 Nm), dropping greater than a second from the 0-60 mph time. The bigger battery pack can even fast-charge at as much as 205 kW.

The twin-motor Polestar 2 had its energy stability shifted, in order that’s now rear-biased versus each entrance and rear motors having the identical output. Energy is elevated marginally, as effectively, from 402 hp (300 kW) to 416 hp (310 kW), and torque somewhat extra considerably from 486 lb-ft (660 Nm) to 546 lb-ft (740 Nm). Traction is improved, which drops the 0-60 mph time to 4.3 seconds, and the entrance motor can now disengage when cruising for higher vary effectivity. Polestar says it expects as much as 270 miles (435 km) for this model.

If you see a Polestar 2 with gold brake calipers, that means it has the Performance Pack.
Enlarge / In case you see a Polestar 2 with gold brake calipers, which means it has the Efficiency Pack.

The optionally available Efficiency Pack boosts this to 449 hp (335 kW), along with the addition of Öhlins dual-flow valve dampers, Brembo brakes, 20-inch cast alloy wheels, some software program modifications, and Polestar’s distinctive gold seatbelts. However in case you simply need the ability increase and never the opposite go-fast goodies, that is attainable through an over-the-air software program unlock.

“Altering from front- to rear-wheel drive within the single-motor variants and recalibrating the torque ratio within the dual-motor variant for an elevated rear-wheel-drive really feel elevates the Polestar 2 driving expertise to a complete new stage,” stated Joakim Rydholm, head of chassis growth at Polestar. “The up to date Polestar 2 is an much more playful and agile automobile, retaining its compactness and full sense of management, whereas on the identical time turning into extra mature with added consolation.”

Polestar says the brand new battery chemistry implies that carbon emissions to construct the long-range single-motor model have dropped by 1.1 metric tons to five.9 metric tons per automobile. It is also bumping the gear ranges of some automobiles, including the Pilot Pack (which incorporates driver assists like adaptive cruise management, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts) as customary on the dual-motor Polestar 2 for North America.

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