It's the safest EV the NHTSA tested this year.
The 2022 Polestar 2 has received a five-star overall vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and was the only electric car in the current round of testing to achieve five stars in every category. This is the highest rating the NHTSA can give a car, which makes the Polestar 2 one of the safest vehicles on sale in the USA. It's a win for the Swedish brand, following reports on a few major electric glitches earlier this year.
"Building on last year's five-star EuroNCAP rating, we are happy to announce that Polestar 2 has also received the benchmark five-star rating from the NHTSA in the United States," said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar North America. "Our customers can take pride and comfort knowing that their Polestar 2 features the latest technology, great design, and sustainable materials complemented by a top safety rating."
This latest news should come as no surprise, as Polestar has access to 95 years of safety research thanks to its parent company, Volvo. It's loaded with the latest safety features, including inner side airbags for front passengers, a Front Lower Load Path that absorbs energy from a crash, and a body structure designed specifically to deflect objects like the wheels and suspension away from the cabin and the battery pack.
In addition to the above passive safety systems, each Polestar is also equipped with collision avoidance with brake and steering support, run-off road mitigation, oncoming lane mitigation, lane-keep assist with steering intervention, post-impact braking, a driver alert function, and road sign assist.
The NHTSA is one of the most trusted safety sources globally, as it's not affiliated with any automotive manufacturer. The crashed vehicles are purchased by the NHTSA via the dealer network, and the manufacturer is not involved.
In October, the NHTSA published the list of vehicles that will be crash tested this year. The pool represented roughly 86% of the new vehicle fleet. This year the list included a few popular EVs, including the Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kona Electric, and the Mazda MX-30.
Out of all the EVs tested this year, the Polestar 2 was the only model to receive five stars in every category, including frontal crash, side crash, and the rollover test. It's not the first EV to achieve this feat, however. Tesla's entire range currently has an overall five-star rating, plus five stars in each category.