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Polestar’s electric rival for the Tesla Model 3 is coming

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While you were recovering from your hangover or consuming your seventeenth helping of leftover turkey sandwiches with brandy butter at the start of the year, Polestar was busy tweeting. And what Polestar said was this:

“New year, new us. Reliance on combustion engines is coming to an end. The way forward is electric. This year we go all-in with the launch of the electric Polestar 2.”

The promise was underlined with a not-very-revealing shot of a white car with a wraparound LED light bar. Very Porsche Taycan, no? In fact, this is one of 2019’s other new-on-the-block, battery-powered big-hitters.

The Polestar 2 is, maths fans, the second prong of the Volvo offshoot’s assault on the ‘performance electric’ cars arena. So far, the only output we’ve seen has been the Polestar 1, pictured above testing in prototype disguise at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last summer. 

Need a refresher? The 1 is Polestar’s admittedly Volvo-esque - but very beautiful - 600bhp plug-in hybrid coupe. It’ll be priced north of £120,000 (Rs 1 crore, before Indian taxes and duties), likely only made in left-hand drive, and acts as Polestar’s gorgeous, fast, headline-grabbing poster material.

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