What is the sufficient range for an electric car? Polestar says cars with 600+ mile range are coming ‘very quickly’ – Car News
How much range would an electric car need for you to consider one? If that answer is 600 kilometers or more, Polestar says it will have options for you very soon.
Range anxiety is a major deterrent to people using electric vehicles, and while most buyers may overestimate the range they actually need between charges (data shows that the average Australian travels less than 40 km per day), this makes sense in Australia where distances between major cities are measured in thousands of kilometres.
There are few electric vehicles on the Australian market that can travel more than 600 km on a full charge, which is almost the equivalent of many traditional combustion vehicles. In fact, only the mid-range BMW iX xDrive50 with its huge 112 kWh battery can go 630 km on a full charge, and Tesla’s updated Model S Long Range and Plaid variants can go 628 km and 840 km respectively. .
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Speaking to the media in Sydney, Polestar sales manager Mike Whittington explained that the long-range electric vehicle sector is expected to heat up in the near future.
“Cars with more than 600 kilometers of autonomy? I think they’re coming very soon, very soon,” he said while dismissing suggestions that the brand’s focus on sustainability could slow its longer-term aspirations.
“There’s no reason we can’t do both durability and long range.”
As a reminder, Polestar now traces more than the controversial rare earth metals like cobalt and lithium used in its battery chemistries, but also less targeted materials like mica.
Polestar’s investor briefing released last year ahead of this year’s IPO confirms that its next three models are all expected to have variants with a range of over 600km. Next on the list will be the Polestar 3 set which will be unveiled before the end of the year for a 2023 arrival in Australia.
The Polestar 3 will be a large performance SUV sharing its underpinnings with the Volvo XC90, and it will soon be followed by the small SUV Polestar 4 and the Polestar 5 GT in 2023 and 2024 respectively.
To enable such long ranges, the Polestar briefing mentions an 800-volt 103 kWh battery, allowing for 20-minute charge times that will also include two-way charging. The only cars currently on the market that currently offer similar battery technology are the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.
It also promises a new high-performance electric transmission, consisting of a new engine dubbed ‘P10’ capable of producing 450kW single-engine or 650kW twin-engine, complemented by a two-speed transmission, similar to the Porsche Taycan.
While the Polestar 2 is offered at a relatively mainstream price (starting at $63,900 before on-road costs), the Polestar 3 is offered at Porsche Cayenne money (currently starting at $128,100), the Polestar 4 should cost in a similar range to the Porsche Macan (currently from $84,800) and the Polestar 5 should be in the region of the Porsche Panamera (currently from $203,500).
Surprisingly, the brand confirms that the lion’s share of Polestar 2 demand is for the high-end long-range dual motor (starting at $73,400), quite different from the Tesla Model 3 which is supposed to do the most ground with its most entry-level standard. Range variant (from $63,900).
The brand is currently selling out of stock of the outgoing 2022 Polestar 2, citing “higher than expected demand” and new customers will have to wait until November for delivery of the updated 2023 version. Stay tuned as we keep tabs on the Polestar 3 reveal.