Polestar 2 vs Tesla Model 3: Range Test at Highway Speeds
With the sweeping growth of electric vehicles (EVs) throughout the world, most companies are looking to expand the range of their own battery-operated cars to compete with the competition.
Polestar has shared the results of a new study, according to CNET, in which the Tesla Model 3 and the Polestar 2 faced off (among others) on the highway, and the Tesla was shown to perform worse than its estimate, while still managing to outperform the Polestar 2 and every other car in total range.
It may come as a surprise that the EV brand originally owned and operated by Volvo released this study about the virtual success of their competitor, though the pace of the Polestar 2 is admittedly impressive and kept up much better than Tesla with its own estimated range. Of course, right?
Top Gear compares Polestar 2 vs Tesla Model 3
"and yet… the Tesla wins. Given a straight choice between the two, that’s the one I’d drive away. [……] because of its ease of use, efficiency, the supercharger network.
It’s the more complete mode of transport."
— Martin Grefte⚡️ (@martingrefte) August 11, 2020
While the Tesla Model 3 only fared about 75% of its EPA estimated range, it went the furthest in the test out of all vehicles before running out of juice at 234 miles. The Polestar 2 was in second at 205 miles, while a Performance package of the latter went 197 miles.
Throughout the world, we’re seeing a number of sources pitting Tesla and Polestar directly against each other, and while it may be obvious that Tesla Performance models are currently performing the best, there’s no telling how long that will last. Other companies, including Polestar, are gaining on Tesla in performance, and it’s tough to say what the future of EV performance will hold.
One thing about the EV world is certain: the years to come will be very entertaining.