Polestar unveiled on Thursday that the rating of its model Polestar 2 has been upgraded to ‘Good’ in the latest round of Assisted Driving (AD) gradings by Euro NCAP. Previously, in late 2021, the recognised leading safety testing institution rated the model’s AD as “moderate”. Since then, Polestar launched an Over-the-Air (OTA) software update that addressed “non-critical concerns raised by the organisation when originally tested”, the EV maker said.
Euro NCAP’s AD grading is a relatively new and independent initiative from the organisation that began assessing driver assistance functionality in 2020. In its first AD test in late 2021, Polestar 2 was rated ‘Moderate’, with marginal improvement required for a ‘Good’ rating.
Having Volvo Cars’ safety DNA in our cars is a major benefit for Polestar and in fact the safety team had already identified an opportunity for improvement in some of our ADAS functionality when the original rating was released in 2021.Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO
“The software update P1.8 was coincidentally making its way into customer cars within a week of the results. The ability to constantly improve the car, especially when increasing safety credentials, is a key benefit of the connectivity and remote updatability of Polestar 2.”
The Euro NCAP AD grading is currently a separate activity and not included in the overall 5-star safety rating for Polestar 2. This overall safety rating was released in March 2021 and, at the time, Polestar 2 was the best-performing EV ever tested by the organisation according to the latest protocols. Since then, it has only been marginally surpassed by the much larger and more expensive Mercedes-Benz EQS.
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Last week, Polestar design updates, range estimates and pricing for the 2023 Polestar 2 in the US. Pricing for the updated Polestar 2 Long range Single motor will start at $48,400, or $40,900 including the $7,500 federal tax rebate.
Recently, Polestar Head of Sales and Business Operations in Ireland unveiled that just received the first units of Polestar 2. On April 3, the company announced that had arrived Ireland with its Polestar 2 model with a starting price of €54,500 as global expansion continues. Polestar also unveiled a four-week roadshow running from May 9th, starting in Dublin and moving on to Irish cities of Kilkenny, Cork and Galway.
The company recently announced that its model Polestar 2 is being updated with new solutions connected to climate impact and transparency, along with design detail and specification updates that allow for new visual expressions and improved efficiency.
Also last week, Polestar its first job vacancy for Portugal aiming to enter the country later this year. The electric vehicle maker is now looking for a Senior Key Account Manager Fleet. Among the tasks, the candidate will be responsible for the acquisition of new and support of existing national and international fleet customer and also for reaching the fleet targets. The company has currently 189 vacancies open worldwide including in China, Germany, Belgium, Australia and many more.