How Much Range Does the Tesla Model 3 Have? Less Than the 270-Mile Polestar 2 EV

  • The Polestar 2 now gets 270 miles of range
  • Polestar will roll out an update that adds more power to the sedan
  • Tesla is caught on the back foot, with the Polestar 2 winning the numbers game

People don’t pay enough attention to Polestar. The small Volvo-derived EV manufacturer has been quietly staying out of the news cycle since its inception, though we’re not sure why. Really, the Polestar 2 should be more popular. Perhaps it was the somewhat subpar range of the Polestar 2? Now, that’s a non-issue. The Polestar sedan gets a range bump, and it overtakes its biggest rival: the Tesla Model 3.

The Polestar 2 now has more range than a Tesla Model 3

A white Polestar 2 EV shot from the front 3/4 on a beach road
The 2022 Polestar 2 | Polestar

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Per Automotive News, the Polestar 2 now offers 270 miles of range. That means the small sedan beats out the Tesla Model 3 by just three miles of range. It’s not a huge difference, we know, but it’s a Godsend if you’re searching for somewhere to charge. This also comes from EPA ratings, so we know it can be trusted. However, know this only applies to one version of the Polestar.

That version being the single-motor, long-range version of the 2. It seems that there are some caveats should you want the most range out of your Polestar, much like with the Tesla Model 3, whose range varies depending on trim level. Unfortunately, the additional range won’t be accessible to current owners. This is no OTA (over-the-air) update. It’s a hardware upgrade unavailable to anyone but those who are going to order the new model.

How much will a Polestar 2 cost?

A Polestar 2 EV charging outside the brand's factory
The Polestar 2 now offers more range | Polestar

However, the Polestar’s win is somewhat dampened by its price. We discussed this in our Polestar 2 vs. Tesla Model 3 comparison, and it’s still a sticking point if your compass points towards Polestar. If you want more range than a Tesla Model 3, you’ll be paying $47,200 for it, $2,210 more than the Model 3’s $44,990 MSRP. Still, it’s relatively easy to keep the Swedish brand’s EV below that magic $50K mark, even with some options tossed in.

All in all, it’s really not a bad price for an entry-level luxury EV sedan. Now, with its 270-mile range, it ought to assuage the range anxiety many Americans feel. Plus, Polestar has more in store. There’s an upcoming OTA update that’s going to unlock an additional 67 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque, bringing the figures up to 476 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. That’s just a hair more than the Model 3 Performance’s 470 hp.

Is Tesla better than Polestar?

A red Tesla Model 3 in a dealership
Tesla faces more and more competition | Xing Yun via Getty Images

The Tesla vs. Polestar fight will no doubt continue to rage on, but for now at least, Polestar has pulled out a small lead against the most popular Tesla model. However, the brand does lack a Model S competitor. But, the Polestar 3 SUV will be here soon to bring the fight to the Model Y. Whether one brand will finally win out over the other, however, remains to be seen.

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