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    Polestar 2 To Have Up To 400 Horsepower, 350 Mile Range

      Expected to debut sometime in 2019

    Polestar is beginning to drop hints on their next model, the 2 which is expected to debut sometime next year.

    Autocar spoke with Polestar COO Jonathan Goodman at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed. Goodman said the Polestar 2 will be the brand's entry level model and compete directly with the Tesla Model 3.

    "That will represent the lower ‘bookend’ of our showroom range and, for now, it should give us as much access to the volume end of the EV market as we need," said Goodman.

    Autocar says the 2's design will closely follow the 40.2 concept shown a couple years back. The report also says that the 2 will have up to 400 horsepower and a max range of 350 miles. Pricing is expected to begin around £30,000 (about $39,690).

    Goodman also talked about the possible dangers of designing electric vehicles to look futuristic or quirky considering how much the global market for these vehicles is expected to grow.

    “The global electric car market was worth four million units in 2017, but it’s quite widely expected to be worth 29m units by 2025. EV owners will come from all walks of life. So it’s a mistake to assume that, because the cars are electric, you have to make them quirky or futuristic," explained Goodman.

    "Other brands may be doing that, but if we’re looking at a market worth 30m cars within seven years, it isn’t going to be niche, it’s going to be mainstream. So you just design a great-looking car – not one with a big blue flash down the side.”

    Source: Autocar




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    Okay, so that looks really cool... a crossover sedan PHEV with AWD and 350 miles of range.  If I wanted to fill up both the battery and gas tank along the Turnpike, I could.  400 horsepower is just under all three of my current vehicles, combined. 

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    Can't be competing with the Model 3, was just announced that the base price for the 3 is $49K- the "$35K" claim got tossed out the window.

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    Seems like a very competitive price for that level of performance.  I am excited for when all these EV’s hit.

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    I kinda don’t like the exterior styling. And the Model 3 is no beauty queen either.

     

    So where will Volvo get it’s cost savings? They can’t see easily send manufacturing assemblies from China without a brutal 25% tariff even to their new plant, and this car certainly won’t be built there.

    Tesla will still have the $83k overpriced performance sled but I don’t think this thing will.

     

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    35 minutes ago, Suaviloquent said:

    I kinda don’t like the exterior styling. And the Model 3 is no beauty queen either.

     

    So where will Volvo get it’s cost savings? They can’t see easily send manufacturing assemblies from China without a brutal 25% tariff even to their new plant, and this car certainly won’t be built there.

    Tesla will still have the $83k overpriced performance sled but I don’t think this thing will.

     

    Supposedly I thought and I could be wrong but that they were building all the new auto's on a Modular single platform that fully supported EV or Hybrid. At this point you could then easily assemble them in one plant and switch the power train depending on what is ordered.

    Yet at the rate Potus45 the Idiot is going, the world will benefit and we will still be stuck in the stone age.

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