To be fair, towing typically isn't top priority for owners of compact electric vehicles (Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf, etc). Things like range and technology are more significant. But EV owners interesting in tugging toys like dirt bikes or jet skis can now breath easy knowing that the upcoming Polestar 2 saloon offers the best towing capacity in the segment.
With its standard 78-kilowatt-hour battery pack and an optional factory electric folding tow bar, the Polestar 2 has a braked towing capacity of 3,306 pounds (1,500 kilograms), according to the company. That bests the Tesla Model 3, which offers a max 2,000 pounds (910 kilograms) of towing with the European-only optional tow hitch.
To go with that best-in-class towing capacity, the Polestar 2 also offers up to 15.5 cubic feet (440 litres) of total luggage space. The boot has 14.3 cubic feet (405 litres) of space, while the “frunk” provides an extra 1.2 cubic feet (35 litres) for luggage. There's even an available roof rack – so Polestar owners should find no shortage of storage space.
"Polestar 2 is an electric performance fastback that supports an active lifestyle. It adapts to your needs; it is truly flexible," Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Offer of Polestar says. “We know our customers value this flexibility and something especially relevant to tomorrow's EV buyers – a distinct lack of compromise."
Gallery: Polestar 2 EV debuts with estimated 275-mile range
Polestar doesn't say if the optional electric tow bar will be available outside of Europe, but the company promises availability in countries like Norway, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Belgium. Here's how the pricing for the option breaks down in each region:
|United Kingdom||GBP 1,000|
|The Netherlands||EUR 1,100|
As for the car itself, the production Polestar 2 arrives in 2020 with an estimated range of 275 miles (443 kilometres). The base model starts at around £49,900 in the UK.
Polestar 2 is an electric performance fastback with extremely high specifications and a driver-oriented focus. For Polestar, performance is not just about straight-line acceleration, but also the ability to integrate seamlessly into a modern lifestyle. Polestar 2 was designed from the outset with this philosophy, which includes useful towing ability and easy access to rear luggage space.
A braked towing capacity of 1,500 kg makes Polestar 2 a compact electric vehicle leader. The optional electric folding tow bar provides Polestar 2 drivers with unparalleled flexibility.
Combined luggage capacity totals 440 litres, with a 405-litre rear luggage area supported by a 35-litre front storage compartment. The fastback design, with a wide-opening tailgate, ensures the rear loading area is particularly easy to access. An accessory roof rack can support a further 75 kg.
Tow bar pricing1 in Polestar’s initial European launch markets2 is as follows, including VAT:
Market Tow bar
Norway NOK 13,000
Sweden SEK 13,000
Germany EUR 1,100
United Kingdom GBP 1,000
The Netherlands EUR 1,100
Belgium EUR 1,100
“Polestar 2 is an electric performance fastback that supports an active lifestyle. It adapts to your needs; it is truly flexible,” comments Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Offer of Polestar. “We know our customers value this flexibility and something especially relevant to tomorrow’s EV buyers – a distinct lack of compromise.”
Reservations in initial launch markets3 for Polestar 2 made before December 31 2019 with a fully-refundable deposit4 at Polestar.com will be prioritised for final order placement in early 2020 and prioritised delivery.
With a digital retail model, all Polestar cars will be purchased online and directly from Polestar5. The brand has commenced opening Polestar Spaces where Polestar Specialists will be able to assist customers with product information and test drives. The first of these inner-city locations have opened in Beijing and Oslo, with a total of 50 spaces planned globally by the end of 2020.