The company has done a lot in just two and a half years.
Polestar, one of the most credible threats to Tesla to date, has announced it has built the 100,000th example of its well-regarded Polestar 2 all-electric sedan. The milestone model, which is heading to a customer in Ireland and features unique door labels to mark the accomplishment, rolled off the assembly line in Luqiao, China, in recent days, only two and a half years after Polestar 2 production began. At present, the EV is available in 27 markets globally.
"It's an amazing achievement - especially given we launched the Polestar 2 during the pandemic," said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath. "Thank you to the team and all our customers who have joined us on this exciting journey."
Demand for the Polestar 2 continues to be strong since deliveries began back in July 2020. Like other new technology-rich vehicles, the Polestar 2 benefits from over-the-air (OTA) software updates that allow the automaker to remotely upgrade them with extended driving range capability, improved charging speed, and performance enhancements.
Presently, the total output is 469 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque for the long-range, dual-motor model. 0-60 mph happens in 4.4 seconds, and the EV has an EPA-estimated 249 miles of range on a single charge. A more affordable single-motor version offers 231 hp and an estimated range of 260 miles. To date, Polestar confirms there have been 13 OTA updates, and more are obviously coming.
Aside from its solid range and overall performance, the Polestar 2 was also the world's first production vehicle to boast an infotainment system powered by Android Automotive OS with Google built-in. A few new apps released since launch include the Vivaldi Browser, A Better Routeplanner, and EasyPark. Polestar has also launched its own apps, specifically Range Assistant, Performance, and Video Player.
Sustainability is a huge focus for the Polestar brand in general, as the Polestar 2 can be equipped with vegan seats and other recycled interior materials. The Polestar 2 is a direct rival to the Tesla Model 3 and continues to outsell the Audi Q4 e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQA, and Volvo XC40 Recharge in the European market.
For now, the Polestar 2 is the brand's sole production vehicle, but this will change very soon with the arrival of the Polestar 3 next year. The Polestar 4 crossover coupe will follow in 2024, and the flagship Polestar 5 sedan is slated for a 2025 launch. Polestar secured a $1.6 billion investment earlier this month that will keep the factory lights on through 2023, by which point Polestar 3 deliveries will have already begun.