The 2022 Polestar 2 is more appealing, affordable and repairable

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When Polestar Launched The first all-electric vehicle last year, it came in a single flavor: a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive configuration that cost about $50,000 before the incentives. Next year, the automaker is adding some variety.

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Polestar is offering a more affordable, single-motor, two-wheel-drive version of the sedan that still offers many of the features of the dual-motor Polestar 2, along with a few changes that make it a bit more affordable, attractive and attractive. make it attractive. Greenery for those making electric switches. In a recent campaign, we tested it.

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The 2022 Polestar 2 single motor offers a Polestar-estimated 270 miles of range, a little less oomph, and fewer options to make your drive easier.

Instead of two motors that power all four wheels—as it is with dual motors—this single-motor version pushes all of its 231 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. The 2022 Polestar 2 single motor comes with a 78 kWh battery pack that sits under the floor between the front and rear wheels. Polestar says it has a usable capacity of 75 kWh. The same battery pack is in the Polestar 2 Dual Motor. Polestar may be rolling out over-the-air updates to all of its vehicles to help with faster charging and tweak battery settings to make them more efficient.

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The 2022 Polestar 2 single motor sedan also gets the optional addition of a mechanical heat pump (available in the Plus pack for $4,000 more) to help maintain that charge in more hostile climates. Polestar says that in certain climatic conditions the heat pump will scavenge the heat from the outside air to increase the range of the vehicle by up to 10%. Using Polestar’s estimate, this means the 2022 Polestar 2 could achieve an additional 27 miles of range thanks to a single motor heat pump.

For this model year, the fully loaded launch version has been scrapped. The Polestar 2 single motor replaces this and comes with a simpler and less loaded setup including a metal roof instead of the glass one of the launch version, eco-friendly upholstery and the option to “pack” a handful of options, as Polestar calls them. Huh.

You can opt for the Plus Pack, which includes (among other things) a heat pump, a glass panoramic roof, Harman Kardon premium audio, and a wireless phone charger. This pack was on a prototype Polestar 2 I drove. You can also opt for the Pilot Pack ($3,200 more) which includes things like adaptive cruise control and LED exterior lighting. Sadly, the vehicle I drove didn’t have an advanced ADAS system, so I wasn’t able to test whether what Polestar says provides Level 2 Driver Assistance on my drive.

Native Android OS and OTA Updates

2022 Polestar 2 Interior Google

image credit: Kirsten Korosek

The Polestar 2 has the distinction of being the first vehicle to use Google’s Android automotive operating system. While Volvo has also rolled out Android Automotive OS in some of its vehicles such as the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the entire Polestar brand uses the platform.

Android Automotive OS is an open source operating system that runs on Linux and is used as the underlying operating system in vehicle infotainment systems, including Polestar. As a result, Google services such as Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play Store are built-in to the car. The Android OS is not the same as Android Auto, a secondary interface that sits on top of an operating system and lets users project their smartphone’s functions and experience onto the vehicle’s center display.

In the 2022 Polestar 2, users can choose to access nearly everything in the vehicle via voice control using the convenient “Hey Google,” initiation phrase. This phrase gives you access to climate control and driving directions. Since the public has been so deeply immersed in Google’s infrastructure for so long, it’s all very intuitive.

Tell the system that your feet are hot and Google OS will lower the temperature in the footwell. Want to find the best taco place in Santa Barbara? Just ask Google to search and then navigate there like I did. I rarely touched the touchscreen while driving, because I could do everything I needed to by simply asking Google to do it for me.

Natural language recognition is something that Google has been working diligently on for many years and it keeps getting better. Several times, while using the system, I’ve failed a request or asked for something odd like adding a stop at the local beach to take photos. The system left no stone unturned and opened up my language to do what I told it to do.

In the Polestar 2 single motor I drove, the charging locations were somewhat integrated into the Google Maps platform on the Android OS. However, there are some caveats.

Ask Google to find charging stations along your route, and you can filter by brand. When doing this in Google Maps, the system will not tell you whether the charger is available or working. Polestar has partnered with ChargePoint to provide charging access, and you can use the ChargePoint app installed on the center screen to learn more about your chosen charger. It takes a few taps around the screen before hitting the road, which means you’ll still need to pull up and stop before heading to the nearest charger. On my 200-mile roundtrip from the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood to Santa Barbara, I didn’t even need to stop to recharge.

If I needed to recharge, Polestar says that on DC fast chargers, I could expect it to charge to 80% in about 30 minutes. According to Polestar technical operations specialist Glenn Parker, it gets to an 80% charge in under 40 minutes. Parker also said that continued over-the-air updates will improve the efficiency and range of the entire portfolio as the company rolls out updates to all owners.

While it’s still difficult to find an available charger, the integration of Google Maps into the very technical fabric of the Polestar 2 means your estimated range is displayed every time you navigate to a new location or add stops along the way. it occurs. On my day trip, I arrived at each destination with a few miles more range than the system I originally had, which was a nice surprise given that I screwed up my return time to L.A. and 45 minutes. For sat in Westside traffic while the range was hovering down about 20%.

On th eway

Animated image of a car passing on a curve with flashing headlights and taillights.

sSeparate drive of 2022 Polestar 2 dual motor. Video Credit: Kirsten Korosek

The Polestar 2 single motor is quiet, comfortable and fast. Polestar says it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in seven seconds, and while that doesn’t sound like much, it’s enough to get you into highway traffic, especially because the low-end torques so easily is available.

On the prototype I drove, I could adjust some driving features including steering feel and one-pedal braking, and turn on and off some driver assistance systems like lane departure warning. Unfortunately, as mentioned earlier, my test vehicle didn’t have any of the advanced driver aids that Polestar offers in the Pilot Pack, so I didn’t get to test them.

One of the joys of electric vehicles is the availability of braking mode (B mode), or one-pedal driving. When you take off the accelerator you are essentially adjusting the level of levitation you get from rolling wheels.

In the Polestar 2, you can roll over to a stop, or toggle on the “creep” mode setting via the infotainment screen and the vehicle will move slowly without the accelerator pedal. I drive most electric vehicles with the most aggressive braking setting, as this is the most efficient and most enjoyable mode to use in Los Angeles traffic. While most people might find the highest setting in the Polestar 2 a bit surprising, after a few minutes of getting used to it, it becomes intuitive to use. However I did turn off the “creep” function because it felt unnatural when paired with regenerative braking mode.

I spent 90% of my time behind the wheel using the most aggressive steering setting, called “firm”. Essentially the system changes the steering ratio based on the setting you choose. Firm provides the most direct-feeling feedback, while softer settings make the Polestar feel a bit more roly-poly and slow to respond.

Right to Repair, Repair, Recycle

Polestar makes no bones about its commitment to green construction and materials. For this, the company is actively considering the entire lifecycle of the batteries in its vehicles. According to Parker, the company uses blockchain to track the mining of cobalt for its batteries and is looking at using the system to track other elements used in the manufacture of its vehicles.

In addition, Polestar has also given relatively comprehensive consideration to the battery and owner’s lifecycle.

Packs stacked in a Polestar 2 single motor can be replaced if individual parts fail. Parker said that if one component fails, the company collects that material back to make a closed-loop system. “We are exploring re-manufacturing and reusing components that come back,” he said. Polestar also provides complete repair instructions and access to a list of parts that owners can purchase directly from the company.

Prices for the Polestar 2 single motor start at $45,900 and the vehicles will be available from January 2022, excluding destination fees or taxes. With a $7,500 federal tax incentive as well as incentives from some states – this price can be as low as about $35,000 (again not including taxes and destination fees).

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