The Swedes join the electric towing battle.
Electric car towing capacity has been a major topic of discussion lately after Tesla posted a video showing its new Cybertruck compete in a tug-of-war against a Ford F-150. There were plenty of issues with this test and a tug-of-war is hardly an effective demonstrator of how a vehicle will tow. Instead of posting some flashy display, the sensible Swedish Polestar brand has decided to quietly announce that its new electric car, the Polestar 2, will boast class-leading towing capacity.
The Polestar 2 will be available with an optional electric-folding tow bar, which gives the EV a tow rating of 1,500 kg (around 3,300 lbs). Tesla also offers a hitch for its compact Model 3 sedan in Europe, but it can only tow 910 kg (2,000 lbs).
"Polestar 2 is an electric performance fastback that supports an active lifestyle. It adapts to your needs; it is truly flexible," said Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Offer of Polestar. "We know our customers value this flexibility and something especially relevant to tomorrow's EV buyers - a distinct lack of compromise." The Polestar 2 also offers a 405-liter (14.3 cubic feet) rear trunk with a wide-opening tailgate and a 35-liter (1.23 cubic feet) front trunk, making it an effective cargo hauler. For even more storage space, owners can equip an optional accessory roof rack.
Pricing for the tow bar in Europe has been set at NOK 13,000 in Norway, SEK 13,000 in Sweden, EUR 1,100 in Germany, GBP 1,000 in the UK, EUR 1,100 in the Netherlands, and EUR 1,100 in Belgium. This translates to around $1,200 but US pricing has not been confirmed, nor has the base price of the car, which is expected to start around $45,000.
If you live in one of the listed European launch markets, reservations placed before December 31, 2019 will be given prioritization for final order placement in early 2020.