Polestar has declared an official Australia launch date for the Polestar 2, the first all-electric vehicle released by the Volvo-Geely brand. Delegates from the recently launched Australian arm of Volvo’s Polestar electric sub-brand affirmed the Swedish division’s first vehicle would show up in November 2021 at an event in Sydney.
Rumors of an Australian launch before the end of 2021 were first heard in March when Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath reported that the Asia Pacific region including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Singapore had been stuck for the next part of the launches of the Polestar 2.
Presently, in a pre-launch event hosted on Thursday in Sydney, recently designated Australian managing director, Samantha Johnson, affirmed that Australia’s launch will happen in November.
After much speculation on if and when Volvo would extend to include its performance electric brand for Australia, the brand’s newly-appointed local boss Samantha Jones said: “Polestar sees considerable potential in the Australian market, which is why it will be one of the first markets to launch as part of the company’s Asia Pacific expansion.”
The brand will launch with the Polestar 2 coupe SUV, which sports special nearly sedan-like styling with a focus on both sporty dynamics and luxury appointments. The brand has recently extended the Polestar 2 range globally, which currently comprises three variants.
“We’re delighted to announce that the highly anticipated all-electric Polestar 2 is expected to be launched locally by November 2021,” Johnson said in a note by email.
“Polestar sees considerable potential in the Australian market, which is why it will be one of the first markets to launch as part of the company’s Asia Pacific expansion.”
Polestar’s Australian launch will come around one year after it launched in the US, where customer deliveries of the Polestar 2 started in December 2020 – a few months after the fact than expected, because of COVID-19.
Australian purchasers will be coordinated fundamentally to the Polestar site to start the sales and test-drive experience, albeit physical ‘Polestar Spaces’ will likewise be set up – and the whole activity will run independently to the Volvo business.
The number and location of Polestar spaces are still to be declared, yet the organization has affirmed purchasers can hope to see retail-like stores in shopping territories, hinting at a model inspired by its natural rival, the American brand Tesla.
The Polestar 2 will be sold through a direct-to-consumer sales model and supported by physical showrooms called “Polestar Spaces” – similar to EV pioneer Tesla.
The Polestar 2 has been met with positive reviews in global markets and will be an interesting addition to the Australian market, which has a restricted choice contrasted with other right-hand markets because of an absence of supportive policy.
While local pricing has not yet been reported, the Polestar 2 beginnings in Germany from just €39,900 ($A62,856 converted). Also, word is that it could be accessible under a subscription model that would incorporate basics like servicing and connectivity.
Anyway, it could be accessible at first only in its Launch Edition, which cost €59,900 in Germany, which equates to $A94,363 and that is before import costs and other on-road charges.
The Polestar 2 was first uncovered in March 2019 at the Geneva motor show, debuting with a 78kW battery pack, all-wheel drive with two motors, a claimed 500-kilometer driving range, and outputs of 300kW and 660Nm – numbers which the brand says ought to guarantee a 0-100km/h time of “less than” 5.0 seconds.
All things considered, the Polestar 2 vows to give a lot of bang for the buck. As a smooth, fastback-style vehicle with specifications that meet any semblance of Tesla’s higher-end electric vehicles, it has a 78kWh battery, dual motors offering 300kW power consolidated and 330Nm torque, and a targeted 500km range.
In April 2021, the organization uncovered lower-specification variants, beginning with a single-motor, front-wheel-drive 64kWh version (165kW/330Nm; 420-440km range), and another FWD with the flagship 78kWh pack however again just one motor – bringing about 170kW and 330Nm, and a driving range between 515-535 kilometers.
Australian pricing for the Polestar 2 hasn’t been uncovered, yet in the UK the range starts at around what could be compared to AU$72,000. Abroad pricing is, obviously, not generally a predictor of what to expect locally.
It is one of few on the global market, close by the Lucid Air, that hoist the electric car from a vehicle with an electric motor rather than an engine to a totally different electrifying driving experience without the uber-premium price of EV sportscars like the Porsche Taycan.