First unveiled in 2019, the Polestar 2 showed the company's path towards electrification. It is a compact sedan meant to compete with the Tesla Model 3. It has a 79kWh battery pack estimated to go for 275 miles and produces over 400hp (300kw). 0-60 takes roughly 4.7 seconds and deliveries are slated to be in 2020 (with everything going around, we'll see about that).
There are many electric cars that come close to Teslas nowadays. Cars like Kia's E-Niro shows us how much range you can get for your buck; and some other cars like Audi's E-tron shows us what true build quality from a luxury car should be.
But there's always been one area where Tesla trumps, its infotainment screen. A startup company from Silicon Valley leading the war on in-car tech, who knew?
We all know what Tesla is capable of, so let's turn towards Polestar. Like most brands, they're going for the 'minimalist' approach on their dashboard. In other words, take away as much buttons as you can and fit a giant touchscreen front and centre. At least they didn't 'digitised' their airvents.
Lets talk screen
The system is based off of a version of Android that Google has tweaked for it to be suitable for cars. Not many cars have adopted it yet, in fact Polestar (and Volvo) is among the first to implement this system for their cars but expect more companies to follow. That said, as more manufacturers use this OS, don't expect them to all look alike. This is because the companies will design it in the way they'd like. Think Samsung and OnePlus - both running Android but different in look and feel.
So how does it stack up?
It seems to hit all the right spots. This system has a lot of potential. Like other cars, Tesla creates and uses their own apps. With Polestar, they're able to use native Google apps and that's a huge win. Google Maps will deal with navigation, Google Assistant handles voice input and there's even a Google Play Store for you to download third-party apps such as Waze, Spotify and other services. More apps will be available as developers begin to support Android Automotive and it really starts to become a tablet on wheels.
It all seems to be well and jolly, but like the car itself, it'll still be some time before we are able to get our hands on it. It seems that Polestar (and Volvo) could bring a real contender, and competition is only an upside for the consumers.