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Polestar 2 range, battery & charging

Lots of charging options and competitive range figures keep the Polestar 2 on par with its rivals

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Standard Range Single295 miles10hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)33mins (10-80%, 130kW)
Long Range Single336 miles12hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)32mins (10-80%, 150kW)
Long Range Twin298 miles12hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)32mins (10-80%, 150kW)

The addition of two single-motor variants of the Polestar 2 during 2021 gave buyers the choice of either a more affordable version of the Swedish coupe-SUV, or an even longer-range version that may tempt those who'd otherwise go for the Tesla Model 3.

Polestar 2 range

The entry-level, single-motor Standard Range has a range of 295 miles thanks to its 69kWh battery. That's nearly identical to what the Standard Range Plus version of the Tesla Model 3 can hit, and this version matches that car on price, too.

However, the single-motor Long Range version, which comes with a 78kWh battery, can cover 336 miles on a charge. That's less than the Tesla Model 3 Long Range, which can hit a claimed 360 miles. The dual-motor variant of the Polestar 2 uses the same 78kWh battery as the single-motor Long Range version, but its greater performance demands you sacrifice some range; it comes up just short of the 300-mile mark.

As with all electric vehicles, getting as close as possible to the car's claimed range requires careful throttle application and smooth driving. Making regular full use of the Polestar's impressive power and torque will drain the range significantly. Polestar provides an online calculator to help owners figure out how often they'll need to charge their car. A slider for weekly distance is translated into total monthly charges, total savings versus petrol or diesel and projected CO2 emissions reductions. It'll also help you find charging points.

Charge time

Charging at home from a standard 7.4kW wallbox will take a full 12 hours for the larger of the two batteries, or just under 11 hours for the entry-level version. If your property has three-phase electricity, the Polestar 2 can take advantage of faster 11kW home charging, reducing those times to just over seven and around eight hours respectively for the smaller and larger batteries.

The Standard Range version can charge at up to 130kW from a fast enough rapid-charging point, while the Long Range ups this to 150kW. Their differing battery sizes means they take roughly the same amount of time (just over half an hour) to top up from 10 to 80% capacity from a public charger, although obviously you'll be adding a little more range for every minute spent charging the larger-battery car.

All Polestar 2 models come as standard with a Type 2 charging cable, along with a three-pin home-charging cable. There's no official home wallbox as you'll find with some other manufacturers, but Polestar suggests Pod Point as its preferred supplier on its website.

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