Luke drives a Polestar 2 2022 electric car.
This is Luke’s first electric car, he’s owned the Polestar 2 from new and drives between 10,000-15,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 500-1,000 miles and he achieves 220 miles range from a full charge.
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Why did you choose the Polestar 2?
The balance between cost, range & aesthetic, to be honest. I don’t like the look of the Teslas and I’ve owned Volvos up to now, so the design of the Polestar is in-line with what I look for in a car. The range is good and appropriate for my use. I was also able to get some interest-free financing against £28k through the Energy Savings Trust loan scheme. In terms of the car itself, the build quality was good, it was a great drive and was able to accommodate my wife and 3 kids (albeit a little squashed with the kids’ seats).
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- Acceleration is quite fun
- The infotainment system is great
- Looks great (especially because I purchased the performance package).
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
Google Maps keeps taking me to the last place I visited every time I get in the car but no doubt that’ll be a bug fix. The ‘frunk’ needs to be clicked shut quite forcefully at both sides which means I don’t use it at all. The Pilot Assist is rather twitchy compared to my V90 and the amount of force you need to keep on the steering wheel while using it seems a little excessive in comparison too.
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
Minor bugs in software, so far. There seems to be a slight whistling sound I’m noticing at almost exactly 29mph, not looked into that much yet. Apart from that, so far so good.
What are the standout tech features of the car?
The digital key works really well. I didn’t expect to be able to use my phone so easily as a key. I assumed I would need to ‘do something’ with my phone each time I wanted to gain entry but it just detects my phone and let’s me in. That’s cool! The estimated battery life on arrival on Google Maps is pretty impressive.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.
The digital key surprised me, so that was good. I’ve so far used the car without problem since I got it. Charging is a lot easier than I expected it to be and is never an issue. It’s so quiet it’s almost strange. The responsiveness of the drive is really good. The traction from the AWD is impressive.
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
No idea, not looking just yet, only had this one 3 weeks.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Easee One – it’s fine, works, not had any issues as yet. I live in the sticks so needed a single phase solution. No problem. I’d recommend it, yeah.
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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Ecotricity – they’re OK but they want me to send my v5 to change the tariff to a better one at night. Seems a bit over the top if you ask me. Rate is OK, given recent issues in that market, we’ve been fairly steady because they hedge their supplies against the renewable energies in the UK.
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
Not explored that yet.
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Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Admiral – they’re fine. It’s insurance, don’t really have an opinion on them as not needed to claim anything yet.
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Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an electric car compared to a petrol/diesel car.