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2021 polestar 2

Marc UrbanoCar and Driver

  • The 2021 Polestar 2 EV falls short of its previously estimated 250 miles of range with an EPA-rated 233 miles, while the EPA says the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge will get 208 miles of range.
  • During Car and Driver highway testing, the Polestar 2 traveled 190 miles before needing to be charged.
  • The EPA results place the vehicles’ ranges below offerings from competitors.

    VW affiliate Polestar had expected its first all-electric vehicle to hit a range of about 250 miles. Unfortunately for the new automaker, the EPA’s test resulted in a range of 233 miles. Meanwhile, the XC40 Recharge from parent company Volvo had its EPA range announced as 208 miles. Both are below the range of the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Kona Electric.

    They also fall short of the targeted 250-mile range of the newly debuted 2021 VW ID.4.

    During C/D highway tests of the Polestar 2, the vehicle’s 75.0-kWh battery held on for 190 miles of range. The result is similar to those we got from the Chevy Bolt EV and the Audi e-tron during the same test.

    Volvo anticipated that the XC40 Recharge’s range would be just above 200 miles, so the 208-mile rating isn’t much of a surprise.

    How this affects sales is yet to be seen. Still, most daily driving is far less than 200 miles and falls somewhere below 50 miles per day. Of course, your daily driving may vary.

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