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The Polestar 2’s real-world range can’t beat Tesla’s Model 3

When Polestar announced its second car and first pure EV, it said the model has an expected range of 275 miles. That would give the car a longer range than other compact electric sedans out there, most notable of which is Tesla’s Model 3. Unfortunately, Polestar 2’s actual range is much shorter than what the company expected. Based on the EPA’s test results, the vehicle can run 233 miles on a single charge using its 78 kWh battery.

That’s probably enough cover a huge part of owners’ trips, but it’s still behind its main rival’s: The standard Model 3 has a 250-mile range, while the Long Range and Performance models can run for 322 and 299 miles, respectively, on a single charge. As Autoblog notes, other electric sedans also have longer ranges, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV (259 miles) and Hyundai Kona EV (258 miles).

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Polestar 2 earns 233-mile range rating, well behind Model 3

EPA range ratings released Monday for the Polestar 2 electric car are lower than what the automaker had previously expected for the model, which arrives in the U.S. soon. 

The Polestar 2 goes 233 miles on a full charge, according to the EPA test protocol, while it earns a combined rating of 92 MPGe, or 37 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles (2.7 miles per kwh). 

To compare it to a vehicle with similar specs: The Tesla Model 3 Long Range, with about the same usable capacity as the Polestar’s 75 kwh (78 kwh gross), manages 330 miles, according to the EPA.

Polestar had made an earlier estimate that the 2 would achieve about 250 miles in the U.S. range test. Then in August, Polestar presented to the media—including Green Car Reports—an independent test result obtained for four vehicles all run at 70 mph on a track, with the climate control

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