Electric driving


Modern, high-capacity EVs like Polestar 2 are perfectly suitable for road trips. A stop or two along the way is all that’s required.

Modern, high-capacity EVs like Polestar 2 are perfectly suitable for road trips. A stop or two along the way is all that’s required.

Being new to electric driving can mean being unfamiliar with the surrounding charging infrastructure. But even seasoned EV drivers make a habit of planning ahead and checking the charging options en route. There are excellent tools to do so, available online, as a mobile app,  or even as an in-car app for Polestar 2. It shows suitable public chargers based on make and model, includes stopovers if required, and allows you to check for restaurants, toilets, and other facilities.

Once the trip is underway, Google Maps is the route planner of choice. Just enter a destination, and it will display charging points along the way, optimised for getting to your destination as fast as possible. The integrated version that comes standard with Polestar 2 even checks the battery level and plans the route and charging stops accordingly.

Chargers on the road differ from those at the destination. En route, most charging stations offer fast DC chargers capable of charging a battery up to 80% in around half an hour. Hotels, holiday parks, conference centres and municipalities tend to provide slower AC chargers, more suitable for a longer parking period.

Charging point operators may lack coverage in other cities or countries, making encounters with unfamiliar companies more common while travelling. To make life easier, every Polestar comes with a Plugsurfing – Polestar edition card, giving access to over 500,000 public charging points across Europe and reduced prices at all Ionity stations. Download the Plugsurfing – Polestar edition app, activate your user account and charge away. 

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On long trips, time can be saved by stopping twice and charging to 80% each time, rather than stopping once and charging to full. This is because the final 20% capacity of a lithium-ion battery charges at a much slower rate.

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