Polestar confident that range will trump price in expanded lineup

Polestar, Volvo’s electric performance car brand, on Thursday said it is bringing more variants of its 2022 Polestar 2 to the U.S. by the end of the year.

The pricetag for the single-motor vehicle will be $47,200, which includes a $1,300 destination charge. After various government tax credits, that price could go as low as $36,200 with the destination charge. The 2022 Polestar 2 will have a range of about 265 miles. But with an optional heat pump, the vehicle’s range could be improved by 10 percent, Polestar said in a statement.

Polestar is also offering a dual-motor variant with 408 hp and a range of 249 miles — up 16 miles over the 2021 model. The price will be $51,200 before tax credits, which includes the $1,300 destination charge

A spokesman said the brand now has 20 appointed U.S. dealers with plans to expand to 25 by the end of this year and 35 by the end of 2022.

In Europe, the longer-range Polestar 2 is expected to quickly become the brand’s top-seller despite having a higher price tag than the entry model.

Polestar executives predict that the variant will account for about 40 percent of all Polestar 2 sales in Europe.

One of Polestar’s key markets is Germany, where it now has seven Polestar spaces.