A new, distinctly quiet electric vehicle has just made landfall in the UAE in the shape of the Polestar 2. The car is a Swedish creation, developed by an offshoot arm of Volvo, and has been designed and built with sustainability in mind — even to the extent of having what the manufacturer calls an “all-vegan” interior.
The five-door sedan, first revealed in 2019, has been available elsewhere in the world for a couple of years now, but there will be three versions of the Polestar 2 in the UAE.
A long-range variant, which is the premium option, has two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery. This will provide 408 horsepower and 660 Nm of torque and have a range of up to 482 kilometres.
There is also a single-engine version, available later in 2022, which will deliver 231hp and 330Nm, but this one will be able to travel 542km between charges.
The third option is also a single motor vehicle. It will feature the same performance as its stablemate above, but has a reduced range of 444km.
Where does all that power get you though?
Well, the car can apparently get to 100kph from a standing start in well under five seconds, which should see you alright when you’re joining the motorway.
Back to that all-vegan interior then. The inside is a mix of wood and plastic, with not a jot of leather in sight. You get a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a centrally located touchscreen, slightly smaller in size, but much like a tablet computer.
So far, around 29,000 Polestar 2s have been sold, which, while not toppling the Toyota Corolla’s figures just yet, is a respectable enough statistic, particularly for an electric vehicle.
The Polestar 2 will be available from Al-Futtaim Group. No regional price has yet been announced, but the car starts at $47,000 overseas.