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Free 2022 Polestar 2 OTA update significantly increases its EPA range on a charge

Polestar 2's new 270-mile EPA range is best-in-class (image: Polestar)
Polestar 2's new 270-mile EPA range is best-in-class (image: Polestar)
Polestar, the electric brain child of Volvo and Geely, has released a free OTA update for its base Polestar 2 model with a US$45,900 price that increases the range on a charge with a cool 37 miles. The EV managed to achieve 270 miles in the demanding EPA test, which is better than the Standard Range Model Y, if Tesla didn't relegate that one to the dustbin of history. The company also promised an OTA update for its flagship Polestar 2 Long Range Dual motor version that will increase its performance to the whopping 476 hp.

Not to be outdone by Tesla, the Swedish electric vehicle maker Polestar boasted an OTA update that boosted its Polestar 2 EV range to 270 miles on a charge in the gruelling EPA test. That's a significant jump of 37 miles, especially considering the current Polestar 2 starting price of US$45,900. Granted, the Tesla Model Y Long Range gets 318 miles, but it also costs 60 grand before "potential incentives and gas savings," as Tesla likes to explain its price increases. In fact, had Tesla not chucked the Standard Range Model Y, the Polestar 2 would've had it beat in the range ratio. Polestar's North American head Gregor Hembrough commented on the improved EPA range estimate:

We are pleased to announce the longest range of any Polestar yet. Alongside continual range improvements, we continue to offer new conveniences for our customers free of charge via OTA software downloads.

The company also listed the new features that the Polestar 2 OTA update brought besides the better range on a charge:

  • An ability to schedule charging sessions, allowing customers to take advantage of off-peak electricity pricing.
  • Refinements to the Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) in the Polestar 2.
  • Battery preconditioning when a DC charger is set as a destination for the quickest possible charge.
  • SiriusXM satellite radio.
  • Range Assistant app to increase driving efficiency.
  • Eco Climate function in the Range app to reduce the load on the battery and increase range.

Besides the standard single-motor Polestar 2 update, the company is preparing one for the Polestar 2 Long range dual-motor version. The OTA update will increase the performance of the flagship Polestar 2 to 476 hp and 502 lb. ft. of torque, which is 67 hp more than what the car boasts now. The "performance software upgrade" will be a paid download, though, and its North American prices for the Polestar 2 Long range Dual motor will be announced at a later date.

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Daniel Zlatev, 2021-12-16 (Update: 2021-12-16)