Polestar is preparing to become a serious competitor for Tesla. The subsidiary of Volvo from Sweden and Geely from China started with the spectacular hybrid sports car Polestar 1, only sells 500 of them a year for more than 150,000 euros each and does not care about speed 180, the new specification from Volvo.

Boris Schmidt

The Polestar 2 now presented is also fast, in 4.7 seconds it goes from 0 to 100 km / h, the top speed is 205 km / h. In contrast to the debut, it is a purely electric car, like all Polestar from now on. Number three has already been announced as an SUV. All Polestar are built in China under the aegis of Geely, but they are still a Swedish product, says CEO Thomas Ingenlath. Only the production runs in China, everything else happens in Sweden. Ingenlath, an in-house designer, is proud of the dress of the second Polestar, which is a kind of four-door sedan with a tailgate. Family similarities to Volvo can still be seen. Ingenlath emphasizes that the company does not want to deny the common genes, and the car is also as safe as any Volvo.

The new Polestar is initially interesting due to its complete range at a relatively moderate price, which is aimed directly at the Tesla 3. The base price is 56,540 euros, minus the subsidy buyers in Germany get away with less than 50,000 euros. Four to five seats with a length of 4.61 meters are offered. Two electric motors provide propulsion on both axes, two 150 kW together produce 408 hp, the maximum torque is 660 Newton meters. The energy is supplied by a battery with a 78 kWh energy content, which results in a range of 478 kilometers according to the WLTP standard. The batteries are charged with a maximum of 11 kW alternating current in around eight hours. DC is faster: the on-board charger can handle up to 150 kW, then an empty battery will be back to 80 percent in 40 minutes. The cables for charging have their place under the hood. So they do not interfere in the actual trunk, which has a volume of 405 liters and up to 1095 when the seats are folded down. There is enough space in the back seat, only the middle man is cramped.

A kind of four-door sedan with a tailgate.

Around 50,000 units per year are planned. A second version with front-wheel drive and smaller batteries, which should cost less than 40,000 euros, will follow. And maybe front-wheel drive comes with a large battery.

As the first test drives show, the Polestar 2 moves balanced, the power delivery is fine. The Volvo genes can also be recognized on the steering wheel in the form of buttons and switches. In the middle, however, there is a large, vertical monitor like in the Tesla. The information and navigation system works entirely with Google, a first in the automotive world. Ingenlath likes to have it easy, there is no start button. Having the key with you and occupying the driver’s seat, you’re ready to go. The lack of a head-up display may be perceived as a shortcoming. It costs too much space, they say. And there are also no different driving modes, as is common in electric cars. However, the driver can adjust the response of the steering and the amount of deceleration.

The car can only be bought online, although prospective customers will soon be able to look at it in one of the “Spaces”. The exhibition rooms for Germany are planned in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich. Düsseldorf should make the start. 24 selected Volvo dealers take over the service, which is due every two years or 30,000 kilometers. There is a two-year guarantee and eight years on the battery. The first cars arrive in late August.