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2024 Polestar 2 Has the Longest Range of Any Electric Vehicle in Australia

The driving experience may not have changed much since we tested a Polestar 2 for a week back in 2022. However, there’s more power, range, and efficiency with the launch of the updated 2024 Polestar 2 for Australia and prices have stayed relatively steady, starting from AUD$67,400 plus on-road costs.

By the numbers, the Polestar 2 can now travel up to 22 per cent further, consume up to 9 per cent less energy, and charge up to 34 per cent faster, thanks to hardware that includes larger batteries and new motors. Above all, the AUD$71,400 Polestar 2 Single Motor Long Range has the highest claimed WLTP range of any electric vehicle in Australia with up to 654 km of all-electric range. That’s 52km more than the equivalent (albeit faster) Tesla Model 3 Long Range which starts from AUD$74,300 and 24km more than the AUD$180,400 BMW iX xDrive50.

2024 polestar 2 front three quarter
2024 Polestar 2 | Image: Supplied

2024 Polestar 2 Lineup by the Numbers

Here’s how the new Polestar 2 lineup stacks up in Australia.

VariantDrivetrainBattery CapacityMax Charging Speed DCRange, WLTPPowerTorqueCarbon FootprintPricing
Long range Dual motor with Performance PackAWD82kWh205kWUp to 591 km350kW740Nm23.1 tCO2e$85,400
Long range Dual motorAWD82kWh205kWUp to 591 km310kW740Nm23.1 tCO2e$76,400
Long range Single motorRWD82kWh205kWUp to 654 km220kW490Nm22.4 tCO2e$71,400
Standard range Singe motorRWD69kWh135kWUp to 532 km200kW490Nm22.5 tCO2e$67,400
2024 polestar 2 front end
2024 Polestar 2 | Image: Supplied

What’s New on the 2024 Polestar 2?

As mentioned, the updated Polestar 2 Single Motor Long Range currently claims the title of the electric vehicle with the longest WLTP range in Australia. It can now achieve a range of up to 654 km WLTP (an increase of 103 km), while the Standard Range Single motor version is now capable of up to 532 km WLTP (an increase of 54 km) thanks to 82 kWh batteries from CATL with 27 modules.

The range bests those from Tesla which max out at 602 km in the Tesla Model 3 Long Range – let’s not forget the Model S is no longer available in Australia.

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You’ll also be able to charge your Polestar 2 faster thanks to updated batteries that benefit from a redesigned battery disconnect unit, upgraded busbars and improved cell chemistry. All of this enables faster charging rates of up to 205 kW DC for long-range batteries and 135 kW for the standard-range battery.

2024 polestar 2 side angle
2024 Polestar 2 | Image: Supplied

New Motor Configurations

In a significant change, the single motor variants of the Polestar 2 are now rear-wheel-drive with increased power outputs of up to 220 kW (increased from 170 kW). Even the all-wheel-drive variants of the Polestar 2 have received a recalibration that lends itself to a rear-wheel drive bias system, including front motor disengagement for extended range purposes. Oh, and they get more power, now up to 310 kW and 740 Nm (increased from the original 300 kW and 660 Nm) with a 0-100 km/h time of 4.5 seconds.

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Option the ‘Performance Pack’ (which can be downloaded through the infotainment screen) and the Long range Dual motor cars get up to 350 kW of power with an even lower 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds.

“Changing from front- to rear-wheel drive in the single-motor variants, and re-calibrating the torque ratio in the dual-motor variant for an increased rear-wheel drive feel, elevates the Polestar 2 driving experience to a whole new level,” said Joakim Rydholm, Head of Chassis Development at Polestar.

2024 polestar 2 driving
2024 Polestar 2 | Image: Supplied

Changes to Safety and Exterior Design

Changes on the exterior include 20-inch forged alloy wheels in the Performance Pack that have been updated to resemble those found on the upcoming Polestar 3. The new car also gains the SmartZone camera and radar suite with active safety features, including a front-facing camera and mid-range radar.

These arrive alongside new standard safety features such as Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with steering support, Cross Traffic Alert with brake support, and Rear Collision Warning and Mitigation, along with the 360-degree surround view camera and automatic dimming exterior mirrors.

2024 polestar 2 on the road
2024 Polestar 2 | Image: Supplied

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Ben McKimm

Ben lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a Bachelor's Degree (Media, Technology and the Law) from Macquarie University (2020). Outside of his studies, he has spent the last decade heavily involved in the automotive, technology and fashion world. Turning his passion and expertise into a Journalist position at Man of Many where he continues to write about everything that interests the modern man. Conducting car reviews on both the road and track, hands-on reviews of cutting-edge technology and employing a vast knowledge in the space of fashion and sneakers to his work. One day he hopes to own his own brand.