Polestar 2 – What Can It Tow?

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Polestar is a new car brand and a subsidiary of the Volvo Car Group. The foundations of the Polestar brand are as a racing team. Therefore, while Volvo will/are producing electric cars under their own brand, it appears they will use the Polestar brand to offer electric cars which appeal to a younger audience than those who are typically attracted to buy a Volvo. The Polestar 2 has been given a tow rating, though the actual figure given has created a bit of confusion. As of this moment, the official tow rating of the Polestar 2 is 2,000 lbs.

Polestar 2 Towing
The Polestar 2 towing a fairly light-duty trailer/load: Image – Polestar.com

Key Polestar 2 Specs

  • Official Towing Capacity – 2,000 lbs
  • Availability – Now
  • Price – Starting $51,300 (RWD) > $56,700 (AWD)
  • EPA Range – 276 miles (AWD) > 320 miles (FWD)
  • Estimated Towing Range (50%) – 125 Miles (AWD) > 135 Miles (FWD)
  • Maximum Charge Rate – 150 kW (DC Fast Charger)

Polestar 2 HP & Torque

  • Long Range Single Motor – RWD, 299 HP and 361 lb-ft of torque
  • Long Range Dual Motor – AWD, 455 HP and 546 lb-ft of torque

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Polestar 2 Towing Capabilities

Please note that the range figures above are for the latest 2024 versions of the Polestar 2, which are quite a lot better than the original versions of the vehicle.

There was originally quite a bit of confusion around the officially rated towing capabilities of the Polestar 2 reading the Polestar Forum.

I’ll explain why I think that confusion is completely justified and try to provide an explanation of where the confusion has come from

As it stands currently, it does appear the official towing rating for the US Polestar 2 is 2,000 lbs. That applies to both the Long Range Single Motor and Long Range Dual Motor variants.

Press Release Confusion On Towing Capacity

So in December 2018, Polestar provided a global press release (here) which stated the Polestar 2 would have a ‘class-leading towing capacity‘ of 1,500 kg, which is just over 3,300 lbs.

It would appear that some people found this press release and thought that US Polestar 2 cars would also come with that towing capacity (so did I).

Original 1,500 kg Polestar 2 Towing Capacity
Screenshot of the December 2018 Polestar press release: Image – Polestar.com

Towards the end of that press release, it states, ‘Except in North America’. However, from my reading of the press release, the ‘Except in North America’ disclaimer only appears to be in reference to the pricing of the tow packages and not the actual towing capacity of the vehicle.

Then, in December 2019, Polestar provided another press release (here), this time on their US website, stating the towing capacity of the Polestar 2 would be just 2,000 lbs.

Why the reduction in towing capacity? I’m not currently sure.

Some have predicted its due to higher allowed speeds when towing on US roads and larger average distances covered etc.

At the time, I wasn’t sure if that reduction in towing capacity also applied to European market cars, as that ‘US’ press release still references pricing for European tow packages!?

However, the UK Polestar 2 does get a higher towing capacity.

Revised 2,000 lb Polestar 2 Towing Capacity
Screenshot of the December 2019 Polestar press release: Image – Polestar.com

Personally, I have a feeling the chassis/drive system is capable of the originally specified 3,300 lb towing capacity.

I think the reduction may have more to do with Polestar not wanting the car pulling a 3,300 lb trailer due to the reduction in range, which, according to the EPA, isn’t exactly ‘class-leading’ before you even factor in towing.

Real-World Towing Range Concerns

As a very general rule, when estimating how far an electric car can travel when towing, you take a real-world range estimate and chop it in half.

Generally, that will mean for US-tested cars taking the EPA-rated range, and maybe 50% of that could be achieved when towing.

Now, originally, Polestar was pretty confident they could get an EPA estimate for their Long Range Dual Motor variant of the Polestar 2 at 275 miles, as you can see from the screenshot from their website below.

Polestar 2 Estimated Range
Polestar originally predicted the Polestar 2 would achieve a 275-mile EPA rating: Image – Polestar.com

After the EPA conducted their testing, they disagreed and gave the Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor a rating of 233 miles.

However, Polestar disputed the EPA range and believed it to be inaccurate (Techcrunch).

A 70 mph range test of the Polestar 2 AWD returned a better than the expected range of 226 miles

Update: As you can see by my key stats above, the latest 2024 versions of the Polestar 2 have improved ratings from the EPA, with the Polestar 2 AWD at 276 miles and the FWD version at 320 miles.

Original Polestar 2 Reviews and Impressions

As of yet, I’ve not come across anyone who has actually taken out the Polestar 2 for towing tests. Once they do, I’ll add those resources/results to this page.

However, while you may be interested in an electric car for towing, its unlikely you would be towing all the time when using the car.

Hence, what an electric tow car is like as just a car for everyday life is obviously important. Therefore, I’ve included the Kelley Blue Book Review of the Polestar 2 below.

Kelley Blue Book review of the Polestar 2

The design of the exterior and interior of the Polestar 2 get a thumbs up, along with the use of high-quality materials, it appears to have a good fit and finish.

I do personally quite like the angular appearance of the Polestar 2 as a contrast to the flowing curves found on many other cars.

2024 Polestar 2 Review

My Thoughts On The Polestar 2 …

There are many things I like about the Polestar 2. I like the ‘design aesthetic’ both inside and out.

I also think it could be more practical in normal day-to-day life than, say, a Tesla Model 3 with its small rear trunk opening.

With the new improvements in range to the Polestar 2 due to the slightly larger battery and improved efficiency, the Polestar 2 has never been better.

In terms of a tow car, where the Tesla Model 3 does not have an official towing capacity, the Polestar does. Therefore, I think its a compelling package compared to other alternatives.

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