Volvo Cars and Polestrol, the electric car maker owned by its parent company Geely Holdings, have only been in business for four years, but two cars are already on the market and more will be launched soon,media techCrunch reported. Like many start-ups, the company is weathering an early storm from government regulators and early recalls. Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a survey of Polestar 2’s range, proving that its EPA-standard range is only 233 miles. That’s about 90 miles less than rival Tesla Model 3.
Shortly after the EPA released its findings, Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar’s chief executive, spoke at TechCrunch Sessions. In short, he says, Polestar knows that drivers see real-world results beyond the EPA.
“We know the role of cars in reality,” Ingenlath said. “We know that in reality, it might look like a very big difference, and in real life it doesn’t make that big difference. We think that as an electric car, it is definitely enough to meet the daily life. This is a version of us, we will add different variants to Polestor 2, there will be a higher EPA (rating). I think (range) is definitely in the range of competing electric cars…”
Ingenlath acknowledges that his company hasn’t beaten Tesla in range, but encourages side-by-side comparisons in the real world. And he says the long-range version is on the way.
“Next year, in 2021, we’re planning to launch a single-motor version,” Ingenlath said. “Of course, this will provide better range under the same battery. In this process, we will also have software improvements that will provide greater efficiency in the case of the same kW battery. “
“We’re on a journey,” he said. “This is where we start, and it’s going to get better month by month.”
Ingenlath also addressed the recent recall of Poleser 2 due to a sudden stop in the vehicle. “This happens in very, very rare cases,” he said. He added that there were only 2,200 Polesar 2s on the market and that none of the reported cases had occurred in the United States. There were no accidents in the affected vehicles.
The issue is being fixed with a software update. “As a company, we have a lot to learn and improve,” Ingenlath said. “We’re a startup that’s just come out. Of course, you can’t expect everything to go well. We have to improve, and our customers have to walk with us on the road. And I think it’s a great standard for the auto industry to actually go back early and make sure no one’s in the wrong place. “
He said he doesn’t think there’s a big problem with early recalls. Instead, he says his focus now is on making sure the company does a good service in terms of customer service when interacting with Poleser 2 owners around the recall.