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Polestar dispels rumors about servicing their vehicles

Polestar recently cleared up a rumor regarding service.

Photo courtesy of Polestar, Twitter

A recent Twitter conversation between users and electric vehicle enthusiasts brought up a rumor that Polestar will require its vehicles to be serviced only at locations in New York City, San Francisco, or Los Angeles. Polestar was quick to respond.

Before we get to that response, some background. Polestar is owned by Volvo and Geely, a company based in China that also holds ownership stakes in Volvo and Lotus. In June 2017, Volvo announced Polestar would move to become a high-end electric performance car brand, complete with its own badging.

The company has introduced its Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 cars. Recently, the Polestar Precept concept car made news for its sustainable and tech-forward construction.

Now, back to that service situation.

According to Polestar, in the U.S. and Canada, Polestar cars will be serviced by Polestar Authorized Service Points. These locations may include Volvo workshops.

If your vehicle needs service, it can be picked up and delivered to a service station free of charge during the first four years/50,000 miles of ownership. The company will also give you a loaner vehicle to use in the interim.

There is a catch, however. The pickup and delivery service has a mileage limit. According to their response on Twitter, "If you live outside of the 150 mile range you will still be able to utilize the pick-up and delivery option, but you will be charged an additional fee."

Polestar current has locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. On May 6, the company announced plans to expand their footprint to Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Denver, Colorado; Washington D.C.; and Florida. As part of that announcement, Polestar said, "The home delivery option and range will remain in place as future Spaces open, offering even more access to those in other areas of the country."

U.S. deliveries of Polestar cars is slated to begin in September 2020.

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2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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Volvo will install 60 ChargePoint chargers at Starbucks locations in the west and Northwest.

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Volvo plans to be an electric-only automaker by 2030, and along the way to that goal, the automaker is investing in services and infrastructure to support its vehicles. Today, Volvo announced a partnership with coffee giant Starbucks that will provide dozens of chargers at coffee shops in the west and northwest U.S.

As part of the deal, Volvo will install up to 60 company-branded chargers at up to 15 Starbucks stores on the route between Denver and Seattle. Volvo says it aims to install charging locations every 100 miles along the 1,350-mile route between the Mile-High City and Starbucks hometown of Seattle.

Volvo-Starbucks PartnershipVolvo's goal is to install a charger every 100 miles. Volvo

Though they'll have Volvo's name on the front, the chargers are from ChargePoint, and drivers will use a built-in ChargePoint app to access services. The function is available in the vehicle's infotainment system, and will help locate and use the chargers. Volvo says all EV drivers will be able to access the chargers for a fee, but notes that its owners will get free or discounted charging.

A Volvo-Starbucks partnership isn't as crazy as it sounds at first. Beyond the fact that there's likely quite a bit of overlap in both brands' customers, the move furthers Starbucks' sustainability goals and provides Volvo owners with a free or low-cost charging solution. The project should be done by the end of this year, so keep your eyes open if you're getting coffee in a Volvo EV in the area.

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