Volvo's Polestar brand has announced their first all-electric car: the Polestar 2, arriving in 2020.
With a sporty sedan form factor and a base price of around $45,000 (though only a pricier $63,000 model will be available initially), the Polestar 2 looks like the first direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3. The Polestar has clearly taken design cues from the Model 3's sparse interior, with a big center touch screen and few buttons.
Tesla's lead in battery and motor tech is evident though — the Polestar 2's 78 kWh battery is larger than the Model 3's 75 kWh battery, but the Model 3 appears to use its power more effectively, achieving a 310 mile max range compared to the Polestar's 275.
The Polestar 2 will be Volvo's first car to use a native Android-based software platform developed by Google, which will offer apps like Google Maps and can receive over-the-air updates.
So far I haven't been able to find any info on what driver assistance or self-driving features the Polestar 2 might offer. That could be a big differentiating factor with the Model 3, which is already capable of semi-autonomous driving and should someday be capable of fully autonomous driving according to Tesla.