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Polestar 2 2022: Model 3 rival gains new options, cuts carbon footprint

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

The fully-electric electric Polestar 2 is becoming more sustainable while also receiving more tech and trim updates


A fresh update for the all-electric Polestar 2 sedan is coming this November in Australia and will apply to all MY23-plated cars. 

This is despite the Polestar 2 only being introduced to the Australian market just two months ago. 

The updates include making a greater focus on using sustainable materials, as well as adding new tech and trim configurations. 

Polestar 2 2023 interior
The Polestar 2 has received updates in the areas of sustainability, interior trim and exterior design

The Polestar 2 is a direct rival for the Tesla Model 3 and even the Hyundai Ioniq 5 however it certainly takes into account making its impact on the environment as minimal as possible.

For those interested in performance enhancements, the new update does not include the overseas power boost that puts outputs for the dual-motor Polestar 2 at 350kW/680Nm. This is likely to become available in the next six months here in Australia. 

Polestar 2 to gain new colours and options

Two new exterior colours are available including Space and Jupiter, as well as new designs for both 19- and 20-inch wheels. 

Polestar 2 2023 new wheel design
For 2023, the Polestar 2 has new wheel designs

A new interior trim colour for the seats, door inserts and part of the dashboard called Zinc will be available for the optional Nappa leather upholstery. 

Polestar prioritises animal welfare and makes sure that the upholstery is produced at a high standard. 

A removable sunshade for the panoramic glass roof will also be available, along with a new heat pump and advanced cabin filter which will top out the upgrades.

Polestar 2 2023 leather trim interior
Plush Nappa leather is available and is sustainably sourced

Cutting carbon at the factory level

Polestar currently partners with a company called Circulor which helps trace the journey of important minerals such as mica and cobalt that are used in electric car battery packs. The blockchain technology allows Polestar to trace exactly where components for batteries come from. 

Secondly, the aluminium tray that carries the battery casing will see a massive C0₂ reduction of 750kg per car produced thanks to a decision to only purchase aluminium from renewable suppliers.

Polestar is one of the leading companies with an overall aim to build ‘Project 0’ which is a completely carbon-neutral car by 2030. To do so, Polestar is already working to remove all greenhouse gas emissions from the production of its cars including all parts of the vehicle supply chain. 

Polestar 2 2023 white wall background
The Polestar 2 is yet to gain power increases for 2023 but this could be coming

Polestar’s chief executive officer Thomas Ingenlath said that “we have revisited materials and processes that go into making Polestar 2, introducing updates that reduce the climate impact and increase material traceability of this award-winning car. 

“These are important additions to how we can improve cars over their lifetime – not just with functionality and design updates but addressing sustainability and carbon footprint as well.”

Polestar 2 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Polestar 2 standard range, single motor: $63,900
  • Polestar 2 long range, single motor: $68,400
  • Polestar 2 long range, dual motor: $73,400