Before we share our initial thoughts about the Polestar 2 we just bought for CR’s car testing program, it might be helpful to answer a simple question: What, exactly, is a Polestar? It’s a new car brand from Geely, the parent company of Volvo, Lotus, and a few other brands that aren’t sold in the U.S. The Polestar 2 is the company’s first all-electric offering, and it went on sale in the U.S. earlier this year.
The Polestar name comes from a Swedish racing team that started customizing sporty trim levels on Volvo vehicles. It became part of Volvo in 2015. Geely spun off Polestar as a stand-alone all-electric brand in 2017. Its first car—the very limited-edition Polestar 1—was a handsome plug-in hybrid coupe with a six-figure price.