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Polestar electric cars in Australia: Everything you need to know

What exactly is the Polestar brand?

Haven’t heard of Polestar electric vehicles? Well, there was a time when you hadn’t heard of Tesla, either, but in recent years, Polestar has leaped up the sales charts, which once would've been a difficult task for a newcomer brand in Australia

Regardless, If your Polestar knowledge is hazier than the Tesla Cybertruck’s release date, here’s all the important things you need to know about the EV brand that hopes to shake up the world, and annoy Elon Musk.

Who owns Polestar electric cars?

This is a case of big (Chinese) fish eats little (Swedish) fish. 

Flash/Polestar Racing was established in 1996 and was a partner to Volvo, with the Swedish car manufacturer fully acquiring the off-shoot in 2015. Chinese multinational automotive giant Geely bought Volvo in 2010, technically making the Polestar brand Swedish-Chinese (which sounds like a very interesting cuisine). 

Who makes Polestar cars?

Although headquartered in Torslanda outside Gothenburg, in Sweden, Polestar has its Polestar 2 made in Luqiao, China, at the same factory that builds the Volvo XC40 Recharge EV. The new Polestar 3 SUV, however, will be manufactured in both China and the US, while the Polestar 4 will be built in China and South Korea. 

Can you buy Polestar in Australia? 

If you’re keen to get behind the wheel of a Polestar, Polestar Australia has been selling the popular Polestar 2 hatchback EV since early 2022 (surely you’ve seen them on the road, as many early examples are favoured by rideshare drivers).

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After a Polestar SUV? Australia will get those in 2024 when the Polestar 3 large SUV lands, and if you want to drive something really different, the Polestar 4 mixes it up with its mid-size crossover coupe styling and complete lack of a rear window.

In the next few years the range will also be fleshed out with a Polestar 5 Grand Tourer, and the Polestar 6 convertible.

Wondering what happened to the Polestar 1? Australia never saw it, with the plug-in hybrid coupe discontinued from production in 2021. 

If you’re keen to be the owner of a shiny new Polestar but worried about where to plug it in, charging stations in Australia are now beginning to increase, with various government funding going toward bridging the gap and making it easier for EV drivers to charge their vehicles. 

Polestar Australia: price range and specs

Polestar 2

At the time of writing, the entry-level Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor cost $67,400. At the time of writing, the entry-level Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor cost $67,400.

Price: $67,400 (Standard Range RWD), $71,400 (Long Range RWD), $76,400 (Long Range dual motor); all plus on-road costs 

There are two single-motor rear-drive variants of the Polestar 2: the Standard Range (estimated driving range of 532km) and the Long Range (estimated driving range of 654km), with each variant coming with outputs of 200kW/490Nm and the ability to go from zero to 100km/h in 6.4 seconds. There’s also a dual-motor Long Range variant (estimated driving range of 591km) with outputs of 310kW/740Nm and a zero to 100km/h dash of 4.2 seconds. The Standard Range battery pack is 69kWh, while the Long Range is 82kWh. 

Polestar 3

In the UK, the Polestar 3 goes for the equivalent of around $135,000. In the UK, the Polestar 3 goes for the equivalent of around $135,000.

Price: From $132,900

Sharing its SPA2 platform with the incoming Volvo EX90, the Polestar 3 large SUV has a dual-motor powertrain and maximum outputs of 380kW and 910Nm, with the estimated driving range provided by the 111kW battery pack at 610km.

Local pricing comes in at $132,900 for the single Long Range Dual Motor variant, although the Performance Pack (which unlocks the aforementioned power outputs for a 4.7 second 0-100km/h sprint time) costs a further $9000, while the Plus Pack, which is also a $9000 option adds more luxurious touches like premium audio, noise cancelling, and soft-close doors among other things.

Polestar 4

The Polestar 4 will arrive before the end of 2024. The Polestar 4 will arrive before the end of 2024.

From $81,500

The Polestar 4 will land in Australia before the end of 2024 offering a different spin on the luxury mid-size SUV formula. Competing both in terms of price and intention to something like Porsche's electric Macan, the Polestar 4 looks more like an up-sized Polestar 2, having a more sedan-like silhouette than your average mid-size SUV.

Local pricing starts from $81,500 for the entry-level Single Motor variant which channels 200kW/343Nm to the rear wheels and provides 610km of driving range, while the Dual Motor starts from $92,150 and doubles outputs to 400kW while offering 580km of driving range.

Polestar test drive Australia

Test drives for the Polestar 2 are currently available in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth and two locations in Sydney. 

That’s not the only way to get yourself behind the wheel of a Polestar 2: Hertz has purchased a whopping 65,000 Polestars 2s to add to its fleet of rental cars, giving Aussies the chance to test one out before shelling out their hard-earned. 

Uber has also made at least 500 Polestars 2s part of its fleet thanks to vehicle subscription company Splend. An electric tier was launched by Uber in 2023, which gives Uber customers the ability to choose to travel in a Polestar 2 or Tesla Model 3 or another fully electric car. It was also joined by a 'green' tier which allows riders to exclusively be picked up in hybrids.

Test drives for the Polestar 2 are now available over multiple locations in Australia. Test drives for the Polestar 2 are now available over multiple locations in Australia.

Polestar finance Australia

Polestar offer a traditional fixed rate loan to customers, as well as a loan with a ‘Guaranteed Future Value agreement’, which is similar to a regular loan with a balloon payment at the end of the term. The difference is that Polestar guarantees the minimum return value of the vehicle to ensure it covers the balloon repayment.

The future of Polestar

The Polestar 6 has a proposed release date of 2026. The Polestar 6 has a proposed release date of 2026.

Two more models have already been announced by Polestar: The Polestar 5 four-door sedan (outputs: 650kW/900Nm) is pitched as a grand tourer and rides on the same SEA platform as the Polestar 4 and other vehicles under the Geely umbrella, like the Lotus Eletre and Zeekr 001. Its current plan for release seems to have been pushed back to 2027.

The Polestar 6, an electric sports car concept, has also been unveiled, with an originally proposed release date of 2026. The dual motor, two-door convertible’s target specifications are a top speed of 250km/h, acceleration from zero to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds, a 600km-plus driving range and a power target of 650kW. 

That definitely sounds like something you won’t want to miss.

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