Watch out, Tesla!  Volvo announces the Polestar 2 electric car for 2020

Watch out, Tesla! Volvo announces the Polestar 2 electric car for 2020


The electric car is a no-brainer in the automotive industry. And when you think of such an example, what brand comes to mind? Tesla, right? And his newest Tesla 3, perhaps. Well, Volvo of Sweden and its sub-brand focused on performance, Polestar, want to end the hegemony of the Americans in the high-end segment and have announced the Polestar 2, their second project in electric cars. Unlike the first version, this model will not have the support of a combustion engine. A direct competitor to Tesla’s Model 3, the electric sedan will combine power and intelligence, being the first car to feature Google’s new native version of Android for cars.

According to Volvo, the Polestar 2 should be able to travel 443 kilometers on a single charge, thanks to the 78kWh battery that makes up the entire floor of the car. In terms of performance, a pleasant surprise: the Polestar 2 will come with nothing more, nothing less, than 408hp of power, distributed in two electric motors. It is because of this type of engine that the torque will be released immediately. Added to the four-wheel drive, the powerful will be able to go from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 5 seconds.

It will hurt your pocket

The entry-level version of the Polestar 2 should appear on the market costing around 39,900 euros, around R$167,000. The automaker warns that, after the second year of production, it will sell versions of the car that will cost up to 59,900 euros, more than R$250,000. The version that will be available when the car is launched later this year will cost €55,000 and will be a launch exclusive. Pre-sales have already begun and production will begin next year in China, where Volvo’s Chinese parent company Geely is headquartered. The list of markets that will get the car is bold: China, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Belgium. There is still no information about the launch in South America – nor Brazil.

Improvements

The Polestar 2 represents a huge step forward. It will be Polestar’s first mass-produced car, a process that is believed to be less restrictive as the manufacturer can rely on Volvo’s expertise. It’s also a more practical car than the Polestar 1, with more “classic” styling, five doors (ie, the rear opens like a hatchback) and room for five. It offers more storage space than the Polestar 1 as the EV battery is under the floor.

Also, the interior of the Polestar 2 feels more developed and integrated than the Polestar 1. The highlight is the 11-inch touchscreen with a more vertical format, where Google’s native car infotainment system does all the work.

Car companies have built infotainment systems on Android in the past, but they basically had to ditch the open source OS and build their own solution on top. Furthermore, Google was not involved in these efforts. This meant that cars would end up with older versions of the operating system, which made updates and security difficult.

In 2017, Google announced that it was working on a native version of Android for cars with Volvo and Audi as the first customers. It showed a more complete version in 2018. Other automakers have already entered, but Volvo will be the first to distribute the in-car experience, starting with the Polestar 2.

Source: Until