Polestar has finally given its first fully electric car, simply called the 2, a price and release date for the U.S. market.
The car is priced from $59,900 before any state or federal rebates, which can be as high as $9,500, and it will arrive by late-summer.
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For comparison, the Tesla Model 3's price before options ranges from $39,990 to $56,990. The most expensive Model 3 has a range of 322 miles, compared to the Polestar's estimated 275 miles. Polestar is a relatively new car brand, but is a sibling of Volvo and both firms are owned by Chinese auto group Geely.
Optional extras for the Polestar 2 are:
- Performance Pack: $5,000
- Nappa Leather Interior: $4,000
- 20-Inch Alloy Wheels: $1,200
- Metallic Paint Colors: $1,200
Aiming at the premium end of the market, Polestar has given the 2 a world-first in the form of an infotainment system built on Android.
Instead of merely featuring Google's Android Auto, the whole system is built in partnership with Google, and many functions can be controlled by speaking to the Google Assistant. The digital butler is summoned by pressing a button, or by saying the, 'Okay/Hey Google' wake words.
The car's infotainment system runs on Android with Google Assistant Polestar
The central 11-inch touch screen and display behind the steering wheel both run a new version of Android designed for use in cars.
Working closely with Google, Polestar has created a system which has all of the Android hallmarks — including Google apps like Maps and the Play Store — but wrapped in a package which is safe and convenient to use while driving.
The voice assistant works just as it does at home or on your phone. You can ask it to play music, read out the news headlines and weather forecast, or even control your smart home devices — so you can ask for the driveway lights to switch on as you arrive home.
The Polestar 2, which went into production in March, is due to land in showrooms in New York and the West Coast towards the end of this summer, with additional locations to follow soon after the first cars go on sale.
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