Friday, December 3

The new Polestar 2 saves on engine, but adds “heating” to its batteries to extend its autonomy and integrates Android Automotive OS

Polestar, Volvo’s brand of electric vehicles, has unveiled a new car after not giving too much news since the Precept. Now the bet is on a cheaper car, the new version of the Polestar 2 which happens to the original model of 2019. With it, the company wants to attract the attention of those who until now have not been able to afford an electric car.

“Heating” in the batteries and Android Automotive OS integrated

To achieve this, they offer a model with an electric motor (unlike the double motor of its predecessors) and traction to the two front wheels, power of 231 horsepower and a autonomy of 434 km. The batteries that make it possible are 78 kWh.

An interesting novelty about the batteries is a new heat transfer system that is sold as an option, a “heater” that takes advantage of the outside air so that the battery remains at a good temperature in case of driving through cold climates.

Polestar estimates that that extra heat can provide 10% more autonomy, which is 43 km that cannot be underestimated. What’s more, each individual battery in the set can be replaced individually to optimize its useful life and minimize the generation of waste. And as Apple has recently done, Polestar will sell individual components for all those users who prefer to repair the car themselves.

Like the previous model, the Polestar 2 features Android Automotive OS natively. That means that those who travel in it can use Google Assistant without depending on any Android mobile, in addition to using various Google services from the front center screen.

At the moment this Polestar 2 will be sold for $ 45,900, although aid in some of the United States can lower its price to $ 35,000. The first units will be available in two months, and throughout 2022 the brand will arrive in Spain.

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