This isn't the news many were hoping for.
The Polestar 2 is one of the more highly anticipated all-electric vehicles coming to market for the 2021 model year. Unlike the gorgeous Polestar 1 coupe, the 2 is purely powered by batteries and production isn't limited. One of its main targets is the Tesla Model 3. Tesla has proven time and again it is ahead of rivals in several key areas, such as over-the-air updates, battery technology, safety, and range. Polestar was hoping to match the Model 3 in several categories. Sadly, it fails in a vital one.
The EPA has announced its estimated range for the Polestar 2 and it's clear Tesla has nothing to be concerned about. According to the official estimates, the 2 can go up to 233 miles on a single charge.
The Model 3 Standard Range, meanwhile, can do 250 miles and the Long Range a very impressive 322 miles. What's also disappointing is that Polestar initially provided its own estimated range of 250 miles. If an 18-mile range difference isn't significant to customers, then they need to also consider pricing. The 2 begins at $61,200 and the Model 3 at $39,190. That's a $22,010 difference and Polestar will somehow need to explain why its new EV is worth the premium.
Speaking of which, there's a certain other EV that also beats the 2 in range and pricing. The $37,890 Chevrolet Bolt has an EPA-rated range of 259 miles. This definitely puts Polestar in a tough spot, but there's really only one thing it can do: improve the 2's range, plain and simple.
An extended range version is bound to come eventually, but the sooner the better. Even so, that won't completely solve the problem of the base model's underperforming range. It's also important to bear in mind the EPA's figure is just an estimated one. Depending on driving style, Polestar 2 owners could possibly exceed 233 miles.
Several months ago the EPA rated the Porsche Taycan Turbo at just 201 miles, but many owners have managed to easily surpass that, often managing 250 miles with zero issues. Let's hope the Polestar 2 will have a similar story to tell.