Last month, various EVs became available with shorter delivery times than many had seen over the last couple of years. The Polestar 2 was one of those electric vehicles available within weeks of order, due to the stock availability becoming a lot better.
At that time it was limited to the more expensive dual-motor and long-range variants. Now it’s the most affordable Standard range-single motor variant that is showing up in pre-configured cars and has also become available across most major Australian cities.
Some of these vehicles start with a driveaway price of $68,400, depending on the state and territory on-road costs.
The standard range model offers a 440 km of WLTP range on a full charge and has a 69 kWh battery pack.
This battery can be fast charged above 100 kW which I experienced myself when doing a Sydney to Canberra road trip last year.
The standard range vehicles are powered by a 170 kW front-mounted motor that can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds. That’s plenty of power with the 330 Nm of peak torque.
Getting in and out of the car is easier as well with a slightly higher ground clearance which is 151 mm on this variant.
On the inside, the main infotainment system is powered by Google which is quite easy to use without the need for Android Auto or Apple Carplay. Having said that, Carplay is also available for those with an iPhone.
Speaking of phones, the Polestar app is also available to see the status of the vehicle such as battery range and other parts of the vehicle.
Various other safety features are also part of the single motor variant which have improved over time since the first deliveries of the car in Australia, early last year. These include:
- Safety assistance
- Standard-level ADAS including Collision Avoidance and Mitigation
- Run-off Road Mitigation
- Forward Collision Warning
- Lane Keeping Aid
- Post Impact Braking
- Ready to Drive notification
Deliveries on these vehicles can be seen on Polestar’s pre-configured vehicles website. Deliveries on many of these Polestar 2 single-motor standard range models are within 4-6 weeks.
Similarly, other electric sedans like the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Ioniq 6 are also starting to be made available to buyers in Q2 2023.
It’s good to see stock of EVs improving in Australia. We need more supply sooner to provide drivers looking to make the switch to an EV quicker and easier.
Riz is the founder of carloop based in Melbourne, specialising in Australian EV data, insight reports and trends. He is a mechanical engineer who spent the first 7 years of his career building transport infrastructure before starting carloop. He has a passion for cars, particularly EVs and wants to help reduce transport emissions in Australia. He currently drives a red Tesla Model 3.