Polestar’s most affordable electric car will come standard in Australia with a larger battery that’s just been introduced overseas, offering up to 474km of claimed range.

Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor pictured.

Volvo-owned electric car brand Polestar has quietly increased the driving range of its most affordable model, the 2022 Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor, before the first cars ever arrived in Australia.

The upgrade sees a 69kWh (gross capacity, or 67kWh net) battery replace the previous Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor (or ‘SRSM’) variant’s 64kWh (gross, or 61kWh net) pack, increasing WLTP driving range from between 420km and 440km, to 440-474km.

While in Europe the new 69kWh battery replaces the 64kWh pack standard since the Polestar 2’s launch there in 2020, the larger battery will be standard on all Polestar 2 Standard Range cars sold in Australia, production of which began in January, before first local arrivals last month.

Polestar Australia says the move to the 69kWh battery coincided with Australian production, so the company opted to hold off ordering any Standard Range Single Motor variants until the larger pack was available, a spokesperson told Drive.

In addition to the driving range boost, the larger battery coincides with the addition of a more potent 170kW/330Nm electric motor, up from 165kW/330Nm – though there’s no change to the 0-100km/h time or top speed, remaining at 7.4 seconds and 160km/h respectively. It’s still front-wheel drive.

The increase in battery capacity comes from “continuous development of the prismatic cell chemistry”, according to Polestar Germany.

In other words, improvements in battery cell technology have allowed Polestar to cram more energy into the same space – meaning the 69kWh Standard Range is no heavier than its predecessor, weighing 1940kg (kerb).

DC charging speed has also increased from 116kW to 130kW – allowing for a 35-minute zero to 80 per cent recharge time, identical to the outgoing model and 78kWh ‘Long Range’ variants – while there’s also “an improved charging curve that sustains higher speeds for longer,” Polestar says.

Given Australian models were never offered with the 64kWh (61kWh) battery – and only the 69kWh (67kWh) pack – prices remain unchanged at $59,900 before on-road costs and option packs.

Customer deliveries for the 2022 Polestar 2 are now underway, with Polestar Australia’s website indicating a five-month wait for orders placed today (September delivery). For more details on stock levels and wait times, click here.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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