Polestar 2

The Polestar 2 is an all-electric 5-door liftback produced by the Swedish automaker Volvo under its Polestar sub-brand. Production began in March 2020[7] in Geely's existing plant in Luqiao, China, which already produces Geely Xingrui/Preface, Volvo XC40, Lynk & Co 01 and Lynk & Co 05, all of which share the same CMA platform.[8]

Polestar 2
Polestar 2 – f 02042021.jpg
ManufacturerPolestar (Volvo)
ProductionMarch 2020 – present
AssemblyChina: Luqiao, Zhejiang (Luqiao CMA Super Factory)[1]
DesignerThomas Ingenlath
Body and chassis
ClassCompact executive car (D)
Body style5-door liftback[2]
LayoutSingle Motor Front Wheel Drive or Dual motor, all-wheel drive[3]
PlatformCMA platform
Electric motor
  • combined power 300 kW[3]
  • combined torque 660 Nm[4]
Transmission1-speed fixed gear
  • 78 kWh[3] (long range)
  • 72 kWh[3] (China)
Electric range
Plug-in charging
  • offboard: 150 kW[3]
  • onboard: 11 kW[3]
Wheelbase2,735 mm (107.7 in)
Length4,607 mm (181.4 in)
Width1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Height1,478 mm (58.2 in)

For the 2022 model year, Polestar announced that additional options would be available for the 2.


Rear view

The concept car that precedes its design was called the Volvo Concept 40.2. It was designed by Thomas Ingenlath alongside the Volvo Concept 40.1, which later became the basis of the XC40. These two concept cars were both unveiled in 2016. However, Volvo decided to shift their focus to small crossovers later that year.[9] Therefore, Polestar picked the 40.2 as the basis for their Polestar 2 design.[10] Volvo's exterior design chief Maximilian Missoni tweaked the car's taillights, grille, and wheels in order to differentiate it as a standalone vehicle.[11]

The production version was officially unveiled on 27 February 2019 during an internet livestream and made its first public appearance at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show that month.[12] The prices are expected to start at US$63,000 and €59,900.[13]

It is the second car under the Polestar brand after the Polestar 1. Polestar 1 is however a plug-in hybrid and limited production vehicle, making the Polestar 2 the first BEV and mass production Polestar vehicle in the Volvo Car Group.[citation needed]

The Polestar 2 is also the first car with Google's Android Automotive operating system built in.


The Polestar 2 is designed to protect the battery pack during an impact and automatically disconnect it after a collision. On both front ends a SPOC (Severe Partial Overlap Crash) block is attached to mitigate the crash forces and prevent any material entering the occupant compartment. The Polestar 2 also features a centre airbag to protect from far-side impacts.[14]

The Polestar 2 obtained a 5-star 2021 Euro NCAP rating with a 92% score for protection of adults, 89% for protection of children, 80% for protection of vulnerable road users and 86% for safety assist.[15]

A seatbelt reminder system is fitted as standard equipment to the front and rear seats.

A driver-monitoring system monitors steering inputs and warns the driver if it detects those which are characteristic of drowsy driving. A speed assistance system is fitted as standard. The speed limitation information system did not meet Euro NCAP's requirements. The speed limiter can be set manually, and points were awarded for that part of the speed assistance system. A lane assistance system gently steers the car if it is drifting out of lane and also intervenes more aggressively in some critical situations.

In tests of its reaction to other vehicles, the AEB system performed well, with collisions avoided in almost all test situations.

— Euro NCAP[16]


In October 2020, Polestar issued a recall on all Polestar 2 models due to a software defect that caused loss of power to the vehicle whilst driving. As the vehicles were not capable of OTA software updates it required all of the vehicles to be recalled to a service centre for a manual software update. [17]

Later the same month a second recall was issued due to faulty inverters. [18]


Component Description
Time 0-100 km/h (62 mph) 4.7 seconds[4]
Boot space 440 L (15.5 cu ft) combined[4]
35 L (1.2 cu ft) front[19]
405 L (14.3 cu ft) rear[19]


Using the ISO 14044 method, Polestar 2 has lower life-cycle emissions than the XC40 when driving more than 35 to 80 thousand kilometers, depending on conditions.[20]



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  12. ^ Steven Ewing (27 February 2019). "2021 Polestar 2 heads to Geneva Motor Show with 408 hp, vegan interior". Roadshow. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  13. ^ Mike Duff (27 February 2019). "2020 Polestar 2 Is an All-Electric un-SUV from Volvo's Futuristic Think Tank". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  14. ^ "Polestar Media Newsroom". www.polestar.com. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  15. ^ https://www.euroncap.com/en/results/polestar/2/42252
  16. ^ https://www.euroncap.com/en/results/polestar/2/42252
  17. ^ "Car And Driver".
  18. ^ "Robb Report".
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  20. ^ Valle, Marius (17 September 2020). "Mener Polestars egen analyse stiller bensinbilen i et bedre lys enn den fortjener". Tu.no (in Norwegian). Teknisk Ukeblad.

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