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Polestar 1's all-electric range falls well-short of expectations

The Polestar 1 coupe is slated to start being delivered to customers in 2021.

Photo courtesy of Polestar

The Polestar 1 is the automaker's first fully branded automobile since Polestar was made into an independent manufacturer. The performance coupe shined with the expectation of delivering a hybrid, engaging drive when it debuted in 2017.

It was initially said that the plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) powertrain of the Polestar 1 could achieve up to 150 km (93 miles) of all-electric range (NDEC). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, that promise falls well-short of reality.

The Polestar 1 is powered by a hybrid powertrain that utilizes a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the Volvo XC90 T8 and matches it with two electric motors that power the rear wheels. There is a 34.0-kilowatt-hour battery.

2020 Polestar 1 battery The car comes equipped with a 34-kilowatt-hour battery.Photo courtesy of Polestar

According to the automaker, the car has a power output is 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. Polestar says that the car can get to 100 km/hm off the line in 4.2 seconds.

According to EPA estimates, the car has an all-electric range of 52 miles and a total range of 470 miles. That electric range is only 55 percent of what was promised originally and is eight miles shorter than what Polestar has listed as the range on their U.S.-facing website.

Those numbers are good for 58 MPGe and 26 mpg combined out of the 15.9-gallon gas tank.

2020 Polestar 1 website Polestar's website currently claims the model gets 60 miles of range after initially saying it would have 93 miles of all-electric capability.Inset image courtesy of Polestar

The comparable 2020 BMW 530e has just 21 miles of all-electric range and 350 miles of overall range (12.1-gallon gas tank). It's priced at just one-third the price of the Polestar 1. The Mercedes-Benz S560e has 19 miles of all-electric range but a 510-mile overall range (21.1-gallon gas tank). It is only 70-percent the cost of the Polestar 1.

Despite having a plug-in powertrain, the EPA estimates that the average owner of the Polestar 1 and BMW 530e will spend $500 more in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle. The average Mercedes-Benz S560e owner will spend $1,250 more.

EPA Polestar 1 Image courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency

The Polestar 1 is on sale for $155,000. The company will make just 1,500 units of the Polestar 1, at the rage of 500 per year for the next three years. The first deliveries are slated to take place in early 2021.

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A new sports car will be revealed by Toyota on June 2.

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Toyota has released a fresh teaser image for a new sports car it plans to unveil on June 2. The car is the 2022 Toyota GR 86, a sports coupe that had its global debut in April. The image features a red-bodied model with a sharp headlight, an image that looks pulled from other photos we've already seen of the GR 86.

Despite sharing the same platform and being designed as part of a joint effort between the two companies, the GR 86 and 2022 Subaru BRZ have been designed to appeal to different customers. For its part, Toyota says that the GR 86 is "specially designed for sports performance, and provides direct and satisfying driving performance of the highest order". Not that the Subaru isn't.

The two cars have almost the same dimensions as their predecessors and weight just 2,800 pounds. Its body features aluminum roof panels and fenders. The front seats and mufflers have be redesigned for weight loss. Body rigidity has increased in the new model, which aids in stability on the road, as does the car's MacPherson suspension up front and double-wishbone rear suspension.

2022 Toyota GR 86

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The front-engine, rear-wheel drive car shares an engine with the BRZ as well. The new 2.4-liter four-cylinder power plant is an upgrade from the 2.0-liter of old. The engine is capable of 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque (figures that mirror the Subaru). Its power cuts acceleration off the line to 60 mph down to 6.3 seconds from 7.4 seconds.

Buyers in Japan get their pick of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. On June 2 we'll find out if U.S. buyers get the same options.

The interior of the BRZ and GR 86 are nearly identical. The biggest change is Toyota's infotainment screen and a 7-inch TFT driver information screen that features a unique GR 86 opening sequence. Photos from the two companies show that Toyota offers orange or red carpeting in their car while Subaru sticks to black.

All GR 86 and BRZ cars come standard with Subar's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The system is a suite of safety features that includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and pre-collision braking and throttle management.

Stay tuned for more information when the car is revealed.

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Lamborghini is accelerating its path toward an all-electric future.

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Lamborghini plans to electrify its lineup and now we know how fast that process will be going and what the company won't be focusing on. In a presentation, Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, detailed that the super luxury automaker will "focus continually on identifying technologies and solutions that guarantee top performance and driving dynamics" rather than fuel economy. Those words are magic to enthusiasts ears.

"Lamborghini's electrification plan is a newly-plotted course, necessary in the context of a radically-changing world, where we want to make our contribution by continuing to reduce environmental impact through concrete projects," said Winkelmann. "Our response is a plan with a 360 degree approach, encompassing our products and our Sant'Agata Bolognese location, taking us towards a more sustainable future while always remaining faithful to our DNA."

The three-phase approach to electrification starts this year. From 2021 to 2022, Lamborghini will focus on "presenting models paying tribute to the company's recent period of continuous success". Expect two new cars in the V12 model line-up to be announced this year.

By the end of 2024, the hybrid transition for the automaker will be well underway. In 2023 Lamborghini will launch its first hybrid series production car and by the end of 2024, the entire range will be electrified. The company's internal target for this phase is to reduce product carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by the beginning of 2025.

In this second phase, Lamborghini is committed to keeping the drive experience in focus as well as the application of carbon fiber materials, which the company sees as crucial in developing their new product lineup.

Lamborghini is committing to bringing the company's first fully-electric car to the market in the second half of the 2020s with a number of electric vehicles on the horizon. The automaker expects to introduce a fourth model.

The automaker has initiated an investment of 1.5 billion euros to create the pathway to electrification. The money will be spent over four years time.

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