Polestar 2 celebrates 150,000th example to roll off the assembly line, after production of the midsize electric sedan began in 2020.
The EV has received thorough updates earlier this year, receiving a boost in range and power.
The brand is expanding its lineup, with the Polestar 3 and Polestar 4 due to enter production next year.
Polestar's midsize electric sedan is not exactly seen in abundance on US roads at the moment, but the pace of production appears to be rocketing ahead after its launch in 2020.
The Polestar 2, which has recently received significant upgrades as part of its production cycle, has now seen the 150,000th example roll off the assembly line, marking an important milestone for the still-young brand.
What's more than a little surprising about Polestar 2 production is that the 100,000-unit mark was reached just earlier this year. Car number 100,000 was delivered to a customer in Dublin in 2023, the automaker notes. This pace represents a sharp acceleration over the first two full years of production.
Earlier this year the Polestar 2 lineup received a thorough update, gaining new electric motors and inverters that have increased the single-motor version's power to 299 hp and 361 lb-ft, up from 231 hp and 243 lb-ft. Dual-motor versions, meanwhile, now have 421 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque on tap, up from 408 hp and 467 lb-ft. Range has increased as well with this refresh, as have charging speeds.
"The upgraded Polestar 2 is the best version to date. With improved software, better quality, longer range and faster charging, it is the basis from which we continue to grow our business," said Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO.
Still, Polestar has a long way to go to catch Tesla, while being careful not to upstage its sibling brand Volvo.
While Tesla does not reveal its production numbers by vehicle, the Austin-based automaker is known to have produced a collective 1,298,434 units of the Model 3 and the Model Y in 2022, with the duo still accounting for the vast majority of Tesla's production and deliveries.
Polestar is working to build out its lineup as well, and its next models are aiming for segments that Tesla has dominated in recent years.
The Polestar 3 SUV was revealed late last year, promising a spacious interior along with plenty of tech, but won't enter production until early 2024 as a result of some delays. The Polestar 4, meanwhile, will be a midsize crossover that is currently scheduled to reach production the same year, offering a smaller footprint.
Just like the Model 3, the Polestar 2 is about to see more competition in this segment with the impending arrival of the Volkswagen ID.7 in early 2024, and from growing sales of the streamlined Hyundai Ioniq 6.
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