Oh, wait, nope the other thing. My bad eevees are here to undo all that hey who wants to drive a full star Music. If theres one thing we learned from tesla its that building cars is hard. So when a company that was launched in late 2017 already has two models out on the streets thats, a pretty amazing feat, whats more amazing, is that the brands mainstream vehicle is quite good thats. What you get from the polestar brand and its pulstar 2. All electric sedan reporting for ev pulse im chad kirschner, we recently traveled to santa fe new mexico to drive the expanded pole. Star 2 lineup for 2022 for a car thats already had its big debut a model year refresh may sound like small potatoes, but its actually a big deal. You see when the company started, it had one flagship, the polestar won and that was it. The polestar 2 joined the family shortly after, but it was only available as a top spec dual motor variant with all of the options. This wasnt out of the ordinary automakers, often launched the most expensive cars first to help ensure sustainable margins on new models. But for 2022 model variants are here all new for 2022 is the front wheel, drive single motor pull star 2.. Additionally, the dual motor variant is broken down into several option packages with a new price. For this first drive, experience were going to focus on the front wheel, drive version.

If you want to learn more about the dual motors performance check out our full review at evpulse.com or by clicking the link in the description. Santa fe is an interesting place to have a car launch, with our hotel residing at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level. Gasoline powered cars tend to not make as much power. Turbocharging helps at altitude, of course, but the less dense air simply makes it hard for an engine or a human for that matter to breathe. Fortunately, these are electric cars and that doesnt matter, santa fe is also an interesting place to have a car launch thanks to its proximity to the los alamos national lab. Our drive route for the day took us into the town and around the facility with a stop to get coffee at the home of hans beth, who headed the theoretical division at los alamos. He developed the theory behind the implosion method for detonating a nuclear bomb. His home situated on bathtub row, was right. Next to j robert oppenheimers dormitory. The juxtaposition is stark between oppenheimers, i have become death, the destroyer of worlds and electric vehicles that are hopefully going to help save our own world either that or it was just a cool place to have a driver swap and get a cup of coffee. But we digress, because the truly impressive aspect of the trip was just how good the base model polestar 2. Actually is the single motor pulsar 2, with a long range motor, is rated for 265 miles of epa range.

It has a starting price of 45 900 before any state or federal tax incentives, if you qualify to receive the full 7 500 federal credit that puts the price below the single motor tesla model 3, with a few extra miles of epa range. Unlike most of the competition, the pulstar 2s single motor lives up on the front axle according to pulstar. That decision was made because its easier to package, all the electronics up front, the company didnt rule out a rear, drive variant of the polestar 2. But folks who live in climates, where it snows will likely appreciate front wheel, drive over rear wheel, drive acceleration is brisk in the polestar 2 single motor and feels roughly on par with our long term. Tesla model 3 standard range plus its easy to exploit gaps in traffic. By simply putting your foot down and the one pedal driving mode will bring the car to a complete, stop varying levels of regen and steering feel allow the driver to dial in exactly the experience they want. While driving. The biggest takeaway, though, is simply how quiet the polestar 2 is, whether its better sound dampening tire compound choice or simple voodoo magic. The pulse star, 2 is significantly hushed at. Highway speeds, its quieter than the model 3, and even some other evs weve driven. We drove a completely base spec polestar 2, and it was almost uncanny how quiet it was. The base interior is also quite nice, with unique textured plastics and eco friendly seats that are comfortable, but still a bit sporty.

The fantastic google android based infotainment system comes standard and is a joy to use having actual google maps in the instrument. Cluster is a game changer and being able to install apps from the google play store quickly made me forget that the car doesnt support apple carplay, though it should be noted. Support is coming later in an over the air update. The first optional upgrade is the four thousand dollar plus pack. This includes the heat pump option. The heat pump works like a reverse refrigerator and helps warm the cabin more efficiently. Polstar claims a 10 driving range improvement in cold weather as a result for those who live in bitterly cold climates. The car still retains a resistive heater, even with the heat pump. The plus pack also includes a full length: panoramic glass, roof, weave tech, vegan upholstery and interior lighting. A harman kardon stereo rounds out the list of upgrades for those looking for additional driver assist features. The 3200 dollar pilot pack is for them. It includes adaptive cruise control pilot assist level 2, a das, blind spot monitoring and a 360 degree surround camera aside from the around view, camera the model 3 standard autopilot suite covers most of that functionality for the base price in the future, wed like to see pilot Assist included standard on the pulstar 2. for performance junkies. The 5 000 performance pack is an upgrade to consider, though, its only available on the dual motor long range.

It includes 20 inch alloy, wheels, brembo brakes. Continental sport tires swedish gold, aesthetic details and the incredible olins adjustable suspension dampers when it comes to charging all pulse. Star 2 models can charge up to 155 kilowatts from a dc fast charger. With the ccs onboard connector, google maps will locate charging points along the drive route automatically helping to eliminate the anxiety of searching for a station right now. Its pretty solid and an upcoming software update should make the system even better. Critics will say that the polestar 2 is a bit of a part spin car sure the headlights strongly resemble the thors hammer volvo lights. The steering wheel feels like its from an xc40, but polestar is working hard on its brand identity. The polestar 2 feels premium inside but substantially different than a modern. Volvo polestar is clearly targeting a tech, centric, buyer and even if components are shared, the implementation is starkly different. The upcoming polestar 3 built in the united states will feature a design language based on the polestar precept concept, creating even more separation between the brands. The buying experience is also uniquely pole. Star pole, star spaces are starting to appear around the country, and the company will do complementary. Pickup service up to 150 miles away from a service center were told that on site service is something in the cards as well. The pulse r2 is impressive because its the companys second car, even in pre production, european spec, the cars, have solid, build quality and fantastic, sound isolation.

Precision manufacturing doesnt seem to matter as much these days when it comes to the largest electric car maker in the world. Cough cough, but its quite refreshing to drive a vehicle where its an important part of the process. The pulstar 2 is great, its great in dual motor trim, its great in single motor trim, its great fully loaded and its great, with no option boxes checked wed like to see a few more color options. But aside from that, the pull star 2 is a compelling alternative to whats out there heck one of our writers just ordered one. We think theres no bigger endorsement than that for more on the pulstar 2 and its competition visit evpulse.