Volvo’s Polestar 2 is going to be one of the most interesting electric cars to hit the market in 2020, and it just got more interesting. The electric sedan is getting a 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs) towing capacity, beating the Tesla Model 3.

When unveiling the Polestar 2 earlier this year, the company said that it will be equipped with a 78 kWh battery pack to enable 275 miles of range for the launch edition — coming a little below the guidance of ~300 miles depending on what standard you are using.

During its first year of production, the vehicle will be offered as a “launch edition” for €59,900 ($68,200).

After that, it will have a more reasonable starting price of €39,900 ($45,400).

Polestar has been positioning the vehicle as a Tesla Model 3 competitor, but the latter’s specs have been outperforming the specs announced by the Swedish automaker.

But now the Polestar 2 distances itself from the Model 3 on at least one category: towing capacity.

The company announced today that the Polestar 2 has a towing capacity of 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs), which they claim makes it the “compact electric vehicle leader”:

A braked towing capacity of 1,500 kg makes Polestar 2 a compact electric vehicle leader. The optional electric folding tow bar provides Polestar 2 drivers with unparalleled flexibility.

In comparison, the Model 3 has a towing capacity of up to 910 kg (2,000 lbs) and Tesla is only offering a tow hitch in Europe.

Polestar listed the prices of the Polestar 2’s tow bar in European markets:

Market Tow bar
Norway NOK 13,000
Sweden SEK 13,000
Germany EUR 1,100
United Kingdom GBP 1,000
The Netherlands EUR 1,100
Belgium EUR 1,100

The automaker has released a few pictures of the Polestar 2 with a trailer (the bikes are CAKE Kalk ORs):

Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive officer of Polestar, commented on the newly announced towing capacity:

Polestar 2 is an electric performance fastback that supports an active lifestyle. It adapts to your needs; it is truly flexible. We know our customers value this flexibility and something especially relevant to tomorrow’s EV buyers — a distinct lack of compromise.

Earlier this month, Polestar started trial production of the car in China, and the company says that people who place a reservation by the end of the year will be guaranteed a delivery by the end of 2020.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.


Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.

You’re reading Electrek— experts who break news about Tesla, electric vehicles, and green energy, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow Electrek on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our YouTube channel for the latest reviews.

About the Author