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Polestar 2 hatchback - Range, charging & running costs

The Polestar 2 is a 300-mile+ electric car with 150kW rapid charging

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Range, charging & running costs Rating

5.0 out of 5

​Polestar 2 range & charging 

The Polestar 2 is clearly gunning for the Tesla Model 3  and there are 64kWh and 78kWh battery sizes available. The single motor model with the bigger battery claims an official maximum range of 336 miles, which is slightly behind the 360 miles claimed by the Long Range version of the Model 3 but still a very respectable figure that makes the Polestar 2 a highly usable electric car.

The entry-level Polestar 2, the standard range single motor version, has the 64kWh battery and claims a maximum range of 275 miles. This is close to the equivalent version of the Model 3, the Standard Range Plus, which returns 278 miles. In reality, you're likely to see virtually the same real-world range from both cars in like-for-like conditions. On a warm day, our test car showed 210 miles of range, which appeared accurate during our test drive.

The range-topping dual motor version of the Polestar 2 claims a maximum range of 299 miles, which, again, isn't quite on a par with the 352 miles claimed by the Performance version of the Model 3. In reality, we doubt owners will notice a huge difference, and it hits the magic '300-mile' milestone, helping to allay range anxiety.

Charging speeds of up to 150kW are supported and to make Europe-wide public charging simpler, Polestar has partnered with Plugsurfing, a service provider allowing owners to use 195,000 charging points using a hassle-free RFID tag. However, it will have some way to go to beat Tesla's Supercharger network, which convincingly topped our Driver Power survey of chargepoint providers.  If rumors are true, the Supercharger network will be made available to non-Tesla owners in the near future, so Polestar 2 drivers will have even more options.

VED (road tax) is free for the Polestar 2 and company-car drivers will enjoy a 1% BiK rate in the 2021/22 tax year, rising to 2% for 2022/23. Three years servicing and roadside assistance is included and the 2 is covered by a three-year warranty.

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