Polestar 2 EPA Range Less Than Expected, Can’t Match Tesla Model 3

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It’s been a weird week for the Volvo-owned performance brand, Polestar.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the EPA estimates for the Polestar 2 rated the EV for only 233 miles on a charge, compared to the company’s internal estimate of 250 miles. The news comes not long after every single Polestar 2 was recalled earlier over a strange shutdown bug on Sunday.

Volvo’s Polestar 2 has been positioned as a Model 3 competitor – and a potentially-worthy one too – although the Standard Range Model 3 is rated for 250 miles while the Long Range is rated for 322 miles.

The Polestar 2 also has a 78 kWh pack, compared to the Model 3’s 75kWh, giving Tesla the upper hand in terms of technology and production.

In spite of the lower-than-expected rating, Polestar will probably take some comfort in the fact of how much EV range can vary. For instance, the Porsche Taycan Turbo is rated for only 201 miles, but it has been documented to make it up to 250 miles from time to time.

The fact is that EV reliability is still heavily variable due to a number of environmental conditions. Perhaps this won’t be a problem in 20 years, but for now, it remains difficult to pinpoint the actual range or efficiency of any EV.

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