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Polestar 2 single-motor model is coming to the US, starting at $47,200

Update: An earlier version of this story indicated that the price could reach $33,400 in New Jersey, as noted in Polestar’s press release. However, this is incorrect. The program ended in late 2021. This was removed from the story below.

A year ago, Polestar announced that it would offer a single-engine version of the 2. We drove it in September, but the model has only just hit US dealerships. It’s available to order now with a starting price of $47,200 (price includes destination fee of $1,300). This price could drop lower with applicable state and federal incentives.

The single-engine Polestar 2 joins the twin-engine model already available. The all-electric vehicle offers an EPA-estimated range of 270 miles on a single charge. The single-motor setup powers the front wheels, producing 231 horsepower (172 kilowatts) and 243 pound-feet (329 Newton-meters) of torque. It is powered by a 78 kilowatt-hour battery – 75 kWh is usable. The car supported up to 155 kW of DC charging which can boost EV from 10 to 80 percent in 33 minutes.

The addition of the single-motor model gives the Polestar 2 more range. The dual-motor variant for 2022 offers a range of 249 miles, but it also offers more horsepower and torque.

Polestar offers all variants with the Plus or Pilot upgrade packages, costing $4,000 and $3,200. The Plus Pack adds a mechanical heat pump that helps extend the car’s range, a vegan WeaveTech interior, a 13-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system and a full-length panoramic glass roof. The Pilot pack adds enhanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control, Polestar Pilot Assist and blind spot monitoring. The car can receive over-the-air updates, which have already been helpful. Last year, an OTA update added 67 hp (50 kilowatts) and 50 lb-ft (20 Nm) of torque to models in some European markets.

Polestar’s expanded range in the US will help the company continue to grow. The company aims to sell 65,000 models worldwide next year, and the single-engine Polestar 2 is expected to contribute to that. It may not have 1,000 horsepower like other EVs, but consumer EVs don’t need to impress like they once did to attract customers. The amount of range a car offers is always a deciding factor for buyers, but the 270-mile single-motor Polestar 2 should make that persuasion easier.

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