A year ago, we held the first range test with the Polestar 2. This concerned the super-strong Polestar 2 Launch Edition with two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery pack. That powertrain remains available under the name Long range Dual engine. The price list also includes two new versions: the Long range Single motor with 78 kWh and one electric motor, and the Standard range Single motor with 64 kWh and one electric motor. Do you still follow it?
Today we test the range of the cheapest Polestar 2. The version of 45,900 euros with 224 hp, 330 Nm and 64 kWh.
During the test drive, the conditions are excellent: 25 degrees, dry, little wind. Now the Polestar 2 should be at its most fuel efficient. The route starts and ends at the same point, to eliminate the influence of wind and height differences.
At 100 km/h, the Polestar 2 Standard range Single motor has an average power consumption of 16.4 kWh/100 km. If you were to drive a full battery of 64 kWh (usable capacity of 61 kWh) completely empty, you would come 372 kilometer watch.
That makes the new Polestar 2 base model a lot more fuel efficient than the Polestar 2 Launch Edition. It consumes 19.0 kWh/100 km and has a 100 km/h range of 395 kilometers. A quick calculation shows that the Standard range Single engine is 13.7 percent more economical. That will come in handy below.
We like to drive to Germany for the 130 km/h test, but that is not possible this time. The test car does not have the required number plates. What we can do is gamble/calculate the range at 130 km/h.
If the Polestar 2 Launch Edition has a power consumption of 25.0 kWh/100 at 130 km/h, and the base model with one electric motor is 13.7 percent more fuel efficient, then 21.6 kWh/100 km at 130 km/h would be a be a credible guess. On a full battery you can travel 282 kilometers. Again: this is finger work, we have not been able to test it.
On a fine summer's day, the Polestar 2 Standard range Single engine comes close to its stated range: 372 kilometers (WLTP: 415 km). That's a decent score and a pretty big distance. Because it is more economical than the Polestar 2 Launch Edition, it comes almost as far despite the smaller battery (64 vs. 78 kWh).
What can you expect when you order the Polestar 2 with one electric motor and the large 78 kWh battery pack? If we assume that it is equally economical (16.4 kWh/100 km), then you arrive at a 100 km/h range of 457 kilometers. Then the Polestar 2 Long range Single engine lives up to its Long range name.
Do you want to read more about the Polestar 2 and about the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Skoda Enyaq iV? They're all in Auto Review's upcoming EV issue.
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