How Far Can You Go In The Polestar 1?

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Answer: less than we were told.

Before the Polestar 2 all-electric sedan, there was (and still is) the stunning Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid luxury coupe. While the former has been in the spotlight more recently, the limited edition coupe should not be forgotten. Very recently, the EPA released official range and energy efficiency ratings on its website for the Polestar 1 and, well, one factor is kind of disappointing.

The government agency claimed the vehicle returned an all-electric range of 52 miles during its testing. For a PHEV, that's pretty solid. However, Polestar previously said this range would be up to 93 miles. Clearly that's a significant difference. The coupe also has a pretty powerful 34 kWh battery, so what's the problem here?

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The data seems to indicate it involves energy consumption while in EV mode where it returns 58 MPGe, and in hybrid mode we're looking at a combined 26 mpg. To compare, the Karma Revero GT, perhaps the Polestar 1's most serious rival, returns 61 MPGe and does so with a slightly smaller battery. The now-discontinued Chevy Volt had an even smaller battery and it received an EPA rating of 53 miles. In all fairness, the Volt is a smaller and lighter vehicle, but still.

The EPA adds the Polestar 1 has a total range of 470 miles, which is quite good. Despite the lower than expected all-electric range, we seriously doubt that factor alone will hinder buyers.

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2020 Polestar Polestar 1 Interior Front View, Seating Area Polestar
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2020 Polestar Polestar 1 Electric Battery Components, Trunk Polestar

Just 1,500 examples are being built priced from $155,000. A $7,500 federal tax credit reduces that price a bit, but if one can already afford six figures, another few grand isn't a big deal. Polestar is still accepting orders though for how much longer we simply don't know. Whenever that production cap is realized, then that'll likely be it.

Those who do manage to snag one can expect to receive their cars delivered sometime early next year.

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Source Credits: EPA

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