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2023 Polestar 2 Sets Its Focus On Sustainability

The Polestar 2 is currently the only model offered in the Swedish EV maker's lineup, but that will soon change in the coming years. For now, the 2 sees some sizable updates for the 2023 model year, including reduced CO2 emissions and quicker charging times.

The Standard Range Single Motor version gets most of the sustainability updates, including a higher battery capacity of 69 kWh thanks to improved cell chemistry. The bigger battery also boosts range and charging times, and output has been increased to about 227 hp (170 kW). Dual-motor versions will also be receiving some updates, with an over-the-air upgrade that raises output by 68 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque. These enhancements are included in the 2023 dual-motor, and owners of existing dual-motor models will be able to purchase the new software. Elsewhere, an improved mechanical heat pump can now withstand a wider span of temperatures, now ranging from 20°F to 77°F. This new heat pump also increases real-world range by 10% for most trims.

Polestar paid close attention to sustainability for these 2023 model year updates, aiming to reduce the 2's carbon foorprint as much as possible. That said, the wheels are now made of low-carbon aluminum, which Polestar says is made using renewable energy. This new eco-friendly material is expected to cut as much as 600 kilograms of CO2 emissions. The aluminum tray that encases the vehicle's battery now uses renewable energy as well, reducing another 750 kilograms in CO2 emissions.

Performance and eco-friendliness aside, the Polestar 2 also gains better packaging and some small design changes for 2023. A new ventilated Nappa leather upholstery option called Zinc is now available, and is sourced from Bridge of Weir. This new interior color is accompanied by Light Ash wood trim. The panoramic glass roof option now includes a removable sunshade, and vehicles equipped with the Plus Pack now come with air filters and air quality sensors for the cabin. Exterior colors have been shuffled around, with Space and Jupiter replacing Void and Moon, respectively. These two colors were previously offered on the Polestar 1 coupe. The 19- and 20-inch wheels also have new designs, and the Magnesium exterior paint is now available at no cost.

All of these small tweaks come at a price, with the entry-level Long Range Single Motor now starting at $48,800 before any destination charges or federal tax credits. This represents a $2,500 price increase. The all-wheel drive model now begins at $51,900, and gains an extra 11 miles of range. You can now place a refundable $500 deposit for the 2023 Polestar 2, before deliveries start this fall.

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