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Polestar 2 single-engine, the EV company’s most affordable model, comes to the US

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Swedish electric car maker Polestar is bringing its most affordable model to the US. The single-engine long-range Polestar 2 may not have as much performance as the twin-engine variant, but it will definitely be more accessible.

The single engine was previously only available for pre-order in the US. Deliveries of this variant will start this week. Interested car buyers can also test drive the EV at Polestar’s two dozen retail locations across the country if they wish.

The single-engine Polestar 2 starts at $45,900, compared to $51,200 for the twin-engine version. Polestar says the price could drop to $33,400 after qualifying federal and state incentives. (The federal EV tax credit is $7,500, while some states, such as New Jersey, offer as much as $5,000 in additional incentives.)

The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that the long-haul single-engine Polestar 2 has a driving range of 270 miles. It has the same 78 kWh battery pack as the twin-motor version, sending 231 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels. And when it comes time to recharge, the Polestar 2 can accept 150 kWh DC fast charging, meaning an 80 percent charge is possible in 40 minutes.

Polestar, which started as Volvo’s performance sub-brand, has grown in recent years into one of the more interesting EV companies on the market. The company – which is jointly owned by Volvo and Volvo’s parent company, Geely – recently announced plans to go public by merging with a dedicated acquisition company, or SPAC.

Polestar has released only two vehicles to date: the Polestar 1 and the Polestar 2, a $155,000 hybrid coupe. That lineup will grow with the introduction of the Polestar 3 SUV in 2022, the Polestar 4 compact SUV in 2023 and the Polestar 5 (née Precept) sports sedan in 2024. The company also unveiled a streamlined roadster concept, the Polestar O2.

The single-engine Polestar 2 seems indistinguishable from the twin-engine version. When I tested the twin-engine model last year, I was impressed with its sharp design and native Android Automotive operating system.

Polestar offers two option packages: “Plus” and “Pilot”. The Plus Pack ($4,000) features a new mechanical heat pump to increase range, a full-length panoramic glass roof, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and vegan WeaveTech interior trim. The Pilot Pack ($3,200) offers driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection.

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