Jonathan L drives a Polestar 2 Dual Motor 2021 electric car.
This is Jonathan’s first electric car, he’s owned the Polestar 2 from new and drives 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 10,000-20,000 miles and he achieves 200 miles range from a full charge.
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Why did you choose this electric car?
I wanted a BEV with a good range and have room for 4 adults. As soon as I saw the first pre-production pictures of the Polestar 2 I thought it looked fabulous, far, far better than a Tesla! It was between the Polestar 2 and the Ford Mach-E in the end but the Polestar won out on looks and exclusivity!
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car.
- Effortless cruising
- Tasteful interior
- Instant and powerful acceleration.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car.
- Centre console slightly rubs the left knee sometimes
- Weavetech synthetic seats are a bit sweaty in hot weather
- Can’t think of another one!
Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
The very first OTA update completely bricked my car, meaning it had to be recovered to the local Volvo dealer. They sorted out the issue in about 4 days. Every OTA since has been absolutely fine. There are occasional weird warning messages but they tend to disappear on a reset or stopping and starting again. Nothing serious though.
What are the standout tech features of the car?
Google Integration, Google Maps & Vivaldi Browser. I love the way you can research locations on your phone and the results are available in the car and also being able to browse FB or watch iPlayer while charging is great! Configurable dash screen rather than having it all on the centre screen. Adaptive cruise works well.
Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car.
It’s not a Pornstar or a Citroen, it is a Polestar! And. It. Looks. Fabulous.
What electric car are you interested in next and why?
Polestar convertible concept, Porsche electric Boxster & MG roadster concept.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Ohme – the standard one not a pro. Works perfectly well, never had any issues but it doesn’t have access to the Polestar API so you have to estimate the charging amount required. No big issue though.
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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
E.ON Next standard variable tariff – I would love to get on a split rate tariff with cheaper rates overnight, such as Octopus Go but I have a Smets1 smart meter and getting anyone to upgrade it to a Smets2 is a bit of a nightmare.
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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
Gridserve (the newer units, especially Rugby). IONITY & InstaVolt.
Not really used many others yet, apart for trying to use my free bp pulse credit up. Either there are no bp chargers where I want to use one or they are out of order. Really bad to be honest. I used the new bp pulse chargers at Stafford North on the M6 recently. Only installed recently, there are 4 of them, 2 were already broken and the one I used struggled to recognise my bp pulse RFID card!
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Who do you insure your electric car with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Admiral MultiCar – replaced a previous vehicle and I had 2 others at the time. No quibbles from Admiral and renewal was fine.
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