Polestar officially announces the updated Polestar 2 2024

Max McDee, 24 January 2023

It is no longer a rumor, earlier today we shared leaked information about the updated Polestar 2 and now the company went out and confirmed all the information and added some more details. The 2024 Polestar 2 is shaping up to be a really competitive electric car.

Following Volvo and its switch to RWD in XC40 and C40 Recharge, Polestar is rearranging the single-motor models to rear-wheel-drive as well. That alone helps extend range and should improve vehicle dynamics, making for a better driving experience.

Polestar officially announces the 2024 Polestar 2

The company upgraded the electric motors and inverters at the same time, which also explains longer range. Inverters are silicon-carbide now and the motors are newly developed permanent magnet items. The power increase is significant with the output now sitting at 220kW instead of 170kW. Similarly, the torque has gone up from 330Nm to 490Nm and as a result even the entry model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just over six seconds.

The dual-motor models have also had a lot of work done to them it turns out. The entire drivetrain has been reworked and with a new electric motor at the back the car offers rear-wheel-drive bias but with the added front traction when needed. The power output has only gone up by 10kW to 310kW in total, but the torque is up by 80Nm at 740Nm. That’s a big shift and with power mostly coming from the rear, sitting behind the wheel of the new Polestar 2 is bound to be lots of fun.

Polestar officially announces the 2024 Polestar 2

Even more fun will come courtesy of the new Performance trim that adds another 40kW of power for a total of 350kW. The resulting 4.2s sprint to 100 km/h is a serious achievement and this model will surely gain its own fanbase. The good news is that the Performance option is a software solution which means quick and easy OTA update after paying for it without any mechanical intervention required.

The batteries are new as well and come from two suppliers - LG Chem and CATL. LG supplies the smaller 69kWh pack and CATL provides the larger 82kWh one. The highest range is achieved by the single-motor Polestar 2 Long Range and it’s a whopper - 635 km WLTP. The EPA rating is 300 miles with the real-life range probably much closer to that.

There are quite interesting differences between the European and US models, which we've summed up in the table below:

Model Standard Range Single Motor Long Range Single Motor Long Range Dual Motor Long Range Dual Motor Performance Pack
US availability No Yes Yes Yes
Battery EU 69 kWh 82 kWh 82 kWh 82 kWh
Battery US NA 82 kWh 78 kWh 78 kWh
DC Charging EU 135 kW 205 kW 205 kW 205 kW
DC Charging US NA 205 kW 155 kW 155 kW
WLTP Range 518 km 635 km 592 km 592 km
EPA Range NA 300 miles 270 miles 270 miles
Power output EU 200kW - 272hp 220kW - 299hp 310kW - 421hp 350kW - 476hp
Power output US NA 220kW - 299hp 310kW - 421hp 335kW - 455hp
Torque 490 Nm - 361 lb-ft (EU only) 490 Nm - 361 lb-ft 740 Nm - 546 lb-ft 740 Nm - 546 lb-ft
0 - 60 mph (US market) NA 5.9 s 4.3 s 4.1 s
0 - 100 km/h (EU market) 6.4 s 6.2 s 4.5 s 4.2 s
Price EU €50,190 €53,890 €58,190 €64,690
Price US NA NA NA NA

US customers don’t get the Standard Range vehicle and they will need to wait a bit longer to know the pricing of the models they do get. The entry model for North America is the Long Range version with a single motor. What is even more curious is the fact that both AWD models come with a smaller 78kWh battery pack that only supports up to 155kWh DC charging, unlike the new battery that can use up to 205kW.

Polestar officially announces the 2024 Polestar 2

The orders are live now in Europe and customers can expect the deliveries in Q3 of this year. All in all - quite a step up by Polestar. It makes the Polestar 2 a viable alternative to Tesla Model 3 although the Long Range model still hasn't fully caught up going by the EPA ratings. Real life testing will hopefully give us a more complete picture.

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„The good news is that the Performance option is a software solution which means quick and easy OTA update after paying for it without any mechanical intervention required.“ That’s not good news. That‘s software-locking of hardware features that...

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That's exciting figures! Already loved the design of the car, just got more tempting! I have reserved lightyear 2, but polestar 2 (update 2024) is my 2 nd option. Love both cars. Lightyer 2 is further away from production. The say 2025 I ...

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