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Polestar is a new automotive brand that was founded in 2017. The company is owned by two companies, Volvo, and a Chinese company Geely.
Polestar originated from Volvo as a high end performance branch of the company. But eventually, Polestar spun off into its own company that focused on making and selling electric cars.
Today Polestar offers vehicles with a sleek design, adaptive cruise control, all wheel drive, and advanced technology. Polestar currently only makes two vehicles. Polestar makes the Polestar 1 and the Polestar 2.
The Polestar 1 is a hybrid grand tourer that features a four cylinder engine and two electric motors. The Polestar 1 can reach up to a driving range of 52 miles on its electric motor but with its gasoline motor you can reach up to 470 miles. The Polestar 1 only makes 150 copies each year.
The Polestar 2 is the pure electric vehicle. The Polestar 2 is designed to compete with Tesla’s model 3. The Polestar 2 has a dual motor set up that produces 400 horsepower and the performance pack can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just 4.5 seconds.
The Polestar 2 can reach up to 260 miles on a single charge and can be charged to 80% in just 40 minutes using a fast charger. Polestar differs from other manufactures through its commitment to using recycled materials in their cars.
Polestar also offers a carbon offset program to its customers who want to offset emissions from their car. Polestar cars come with very advanced technology such as rear cross traffic alert and a pilot pack.
Both Polestar cars come with a center console touch screen that houses the vehicles infotainment system and driver assistance features. The touch screen is powered by Google Android.
The Polestar 2 has front wheel drive versions and all wheel drive models and sports a heated steering wheel, comes with an optional performance pack, has rear collision warning, heated rear seats, parking sensors, and regenerative braking.
The Polestar 2 has a single motor version and a dual motor version. The dual motor Polestar is meant to compete with the Tesla Model 3 and is perfect for everyday driving. In addition to being impressive cars, Polestars create a unique and immersive experience for their drivers.
Polestar has created Polestar Spaces which are fancy showrooms dedicated to showing off the Polestar experience. Polestar Spaces are meant to be interactive and engaging allowing customers to learn about the brand’s mission and products.
Are Polestars Better Than Teslas?
It is difficult to say whether Polestars are better than Teslas. Both brands have their own strengths and weaknesses.
And each may appeal to drivers for their own reasons. Polestar is a relatively new company that has its sister company Volvo. Polestar focuses on creating electric vehicles with a sleek design and they offer high performance capabilities.
The brand's flagship model, the Polestar 2, is an electric sedan that has a range of up to 265 miles on a single charge and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds.
The Polestar 2 also has a panoramic glass roof and an interactive display with a large touch screen. The car also has advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.
On the other hand, Tesla has been a true pioneer in the electric vehicle arena. For over a decade Tesla has brought many different models to consumers for many different price points.
On a single charge a Tesla can reach up to 405 miles. And the Tesla can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 1.98 seconds. Tesla also has their advanced cruise control system which allows for drivers to drive down the road hands free, even at highway speeds.
Tesla has truly been an innovator in the electric car arena ever since their inception. Tesla does have more charging infrastructure throughout the United States. In just as little as 30 minutes, a Tesla battery can be charged up to 80%.
However, Polestar has not been slacking on building charging stations throughout the United States. Polestar has partnered with companies such as ChargePoint and has built over 80,000 charging stations all throughout the nation.
Ultimately, beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to deciding which car manufacturer is better. Some drivers may prefer the sleek designs that Polestar offers while others may be more akin to the cruise control Tesla offers.
Make sure to test drive both vehicles when you get a chance when you are considering purchasing either a Tesla or a Polestar.
Are Polestars Good Cars?
Polestars seem to be very good cars. They sport a lot of great features and have lots of advanced technologies. They also seem to want to compete with Tesla which is unusual as most EV markers are in their own niche.
The Polestar name is pretty unrecognizable though since they are not a household name. More could be done with marketing for the Polestar. Polestar has Polestar Spaces, which are walk through galleries that showcase Polestar products, but it’s very rare you see a Polestar commercial or ad.
Polestar reviews are very positive and Car and Driver gives the car four out of five stars. This rating is pretty standard for an electric vehicle and coming from the Car And Driver magazine. One can only assume the car drives like a dream according to its sleek design, ventilated front seats, and promised ride quality but you can’t be sure until you actually test drive it yourself.
Polestar should do more marketing and advertising on the national level in order to get the word out about their very affordable electric vehicle. While the Polestar 1 is a hybrid that comes in at around $155,000 dollars, the Polestar 2 is very inexpensive in comparison.
For an electric vehicle, the Polestar 2 is very affordable and should be considered so with a starting price at around $45,000 dollars. The Polestar 2 seems to be the future of electric vehicles, other than Tesla.
The Polestar is a refreshing glass of water in an electric vehicle desert surrounded by Tesla. Polestars are a great car, whether it's the one or two, for any driver to consider purchasing if it's in your price range.
Polestar 2 infrastructure is also beefing up across America as well. Over 80,000 Polestar charging stations are becoming available to the public in the coming years. This aims to compete with Tesla’s charging stations who have hundreds of thousands of charging points across the globe.
Polestar is becoming quite the contender for a Tesla main competitor.
About The Author
Christopher Sparks has been servicing vehicles since 2012. After completing the automotive studies program at Camden County College, he was awarded an Associates's Degree in Applied Science. His first job was a lube-tech at Jiffy Lube, and is currently an independent B-Technician servicing vehicles for the United States Postal Service. Christopher is ASE certified and loves rebuilding engines.Read more about Christopher Sparks