Polestar 2 Standard Range gets bigger battery

Polestar 2 Standard Range gets bigger battery

Polestar has increased the battery size by five kilowatt-hours in the standard range version of its Polestar 2 e-sedan. The now 69 kWh power storage is made possible by "continuous development of prismatic cell chemistry". The range increases by around 30 kilometres.

According to Polestar, the improvement in cell chemistry should result in the battery having five kWh more energy content, as mentioned, but no heavier than the previous 64 kWh version. For the Standard Range model, the cells are from CATL, while for the 78 kWh Long Range, the cells are from LGES.

In WLTP, the new Standard Range version offers around 30 kilometres more range, bringing the total range of the base model of the Polestar 2 up to 470 kilometres. The Standard Range also sees a minimal increase in power, with the electric motor on the front axle now producing 170 kW and 330 Nm of torque, just like the Long Range Single Motor - previously the Standard Range had 165 kW of power.

With the larger battery, the charging power has also been adjusted upwards. At a DC charging station with the appropriate power, up to 130 kW is now possible, as Polestar reports. Previously, the Standard Range with 64 kWh - which our author Christoph M. Schwarzer was able to test last year - had a maximum of 115 kW. The Long Range models, whether with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, can charge with up to 150 kW - you can find a driving report on this variant here.

Prices for the Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor with the new 69 kWh battery start in Germany at 42,925 Euros, taking into account the manufacturer's share of the environmental bonus. In gross terms, the car is therefore listed at 46,495 Euros, even if Polestar itself usually communicates the 42,925 Euros. After deducting the bonus, the entry price is 36,925 Euros.

Polestar has been spared from the semiconductor crisis for a long time, but in the meantime this is also over: Currently the Pilot package cannot be delivered as usual, Polestar had to delete for example the Matrix LED light from the package, other functions like the 360-degree camera or the lane change assistant remain. Therefore, a so-called "Pilot Lite" package is currently offered for 2,500 Euros instead of 4,000 Euros. According to Polestar, the functions cannot be retrofitted.