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The car that you drive is one of your most important assets in a number of different ways, from the practicality that it offers to the status and comfort that you feel as you drive it - no matter whether you’re a driving novice or a car enthusiast, everyone loves having a car that just feels “right”. Of course, each different person has varying needs and desires when it comes to their car, so it’s likely that everyone has a different preference when choosing a new vehicle. Here at Vavoom, we’re passionate about ensuring that all of our customers find a car that they love at a price that suits them, which is why we offer a range of different leasing options for drivers, for either personal or business purposes.

In recent years, we have seen a large switch towards the use of electric cars in place of combustion engine vehicles such as the typical diesel or petrol engine cars that have been the standard for so long. This change signifies a huge shift towards a greener, more environmentally-friendly mentality, which could see more manufacturers looking to enter the electric car market in the near future. 

One manufacturer that’s pioneering in this industry is Polestar, an offshoot of popular car manufacturer Volvo, which has a history in racing technology but now specialises in domestic electric cars that rival combustion engines across the board. On this page, you can learn everything you need to know about Polsestar’s latest offering, the Polestar 2, or more about electric vehicle leasing in general, giving you all the information you need to decide whether an electric car could be an option for you in the near future. 

Are electric vehicles the best choice for you?

Before we dive deeper into the Polestar 2, it’s important that you understand why electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular with the modern driver, and there are more reasons than meets the eye at first glance. Firstly, the quality of the electric cars in the industry right now is higher than ever before - where these cars were once seen as a flash in the pan experiment, they are now seriously rivalling combustion engine vehicles in terms of performance and practicality, and that’s all down to the care and attention that’s put into the design process. Polestar and Tesla are two of the main innovators in the electric car space, each offering a domestic car for daily travel in their own respective right - these are the Polestar 2 and the Tesla Model 3, which we’ll look to compare later on. These two cars take the design of the modern car and look to improve it using high-spec technology and sophisticated integration; whilst they may feature a range of fantastic features inside and out, that doesn’t take away from how great they are to drive too. 

Electric cars come with a range of benefits that drivers can take advantage of in a range of different ways, from saving costs and improving efficiency to improving comfort whilst driving and enhancing safety too - no matter what you’re looking for, electric cars are now at a stage where they offer just as much functionality as petrol and diesel cars, if not more. 

Charging an electric vehicle: what are the options?

For many people, one of the major concerns when it comes to electric vehicles is the process of charging them - with no combustion engine fitted, fuel such as petrol and diesel are no longer required, as the car simply runs using an electric battery. However, much like with your mobile phone or laptop, that electric battery does need to be recharged on a regular basis. Think of this charging process as a direct replacement for the refuelling process, just in a much quicker, cheaper, and efficient manner. 

To refuel your combustion engine car, you’d have to heat out to your local petrol station, fill up the tank with expensive fuel, then repeat that process as often as required to ensure that your car never runs out of fuel at a vital time - with an electric car, you can bypass these worries with things such as home charging and public charging points. If you have off-street parking or a garage, you may be able to have a charging station installed directly into your home, meaning you can keep your car fully charged around the clock without having to rush to a petrol station when you’re running low on fuel - this isn’t just convenient in the way it saves time, but also in the way that it saves money too. The cost for fuel per 100 miles of travel can be up to £10 cheaper when driving an electric car - this means that over the course of 1000 miles, you could already have saved over £100 in fuel costs alone! 

If you aren’t able to have a home charger installed, don’t worry - there is a huge network of chargers located across the UK that can be accessed by anyone with an electric car - this allows you to fit in a quick recharge whilst you’re working or parked up to have a meal, for example! In essence, charging your car is as easy and convenient as charging your phone; simply plug it in when you aren’t using it, and you’ll return to a fully charged vehicle that’s good to go for hundreds of miles!

 

Polestar: Who are they and what makes them so special?

Polestar has been something of a new breath of fresh air in the electric vehicles market following Tesla’s dominance of the industry over the past decade, but where have they come from and why are they seemingly so good at producing high-performance electric vehicles? Well, that all starts in their history - Polestar was originally a racing technology division of Volvo, one of the biggest and most reliable manufacturers in the automotive industry. After their racing exploits took a different direction, Polestar actually become a standalone offshoot of the Volvo brand, specialising in top of the range fully electric vehicles, rivalling the behemoths at Tesla in the market that they have spent so much time dominating seemingly unchallenged. However, this competition can only be a good thing for drivers; with each brand looking to make the best car, we’re likely to see some fantastic vehicles released over the coming years, with the Polestar 2 and the Model 3 both providing us with an insight into things to come. 

Polestar’s background in performance makes a lot of sense when you step into the Polestar 2; it’s a smart, sophisticated electric car that feels a class above many of the other models in the division, despite only being the company’s second car released for production. Despite Polestar still being a relative newcomer to the industry, they’re making huge improvements and are constantly innovating, which presents a very exciting opportunity for the future of electric cars in the short and long term. Check out our rundown of the Polestar 2, including all of its technical specifications below:

The Polestar 2 is a serious contender for best electric car 

Step aside Tesla, there’s a new kid in town, and he’s turning heads and causing a stir. The Polestar 2 might be a newcomer, but it comes packing a punch that the rest of the electric cars division needs to be incredibly cautious of. The Polestar 2 combines stylish aesthetics, fantastic build quality, and a truly enjoyable driving experience to create a well-rounded car that’s well-suited to any driver in any situation. Of course, driving an electric car won’t be for everyone at first; it’s a huge change from driving a combustion engine car and offers a very different feel, but after a while, we’re sure you’ll come to appreciate the quiet, calming hum of the electric engine. We’ve even found that this quieter, smoother ride actually helps you to concentrate on your driving more and really immerse yourself in the driving experience! 

From an aesthetic standpoint, the Polestar 2 ticks every box that you could be looking to judge a modern electric car on; it’s sleek, it’s crisp, it’s futuristic, but doesn’t look too much like something out of a science fiction movie. The Polestar truly does have the image of the car of the future, today. Inside the cabin, that’s where things start to get serious - the Polestar’s sophisticated technology, controlled from the central touchscreen panel is sure to grab the eye and for good reason too, it’s spectacular. From this central 11.2” screen, you’re given the ability to control a number of the car’s best features, but we’ll explain those in the specification section that’s up next. 

Polestar 2’s technical specifications

When it comes to the specs for the Polestar 2, there are three standard models that we need to look at. These are:

  • Standard Range Single Motor
  • Long Range Single Motor
  • Long Range Dual Motor

The difference between these models might seem fairly self explanatory, but we’ve rounded up all the information to give you a clear idea of what exactly you’re paying for when you take out one of our Polestar leasing deals!

Base features included with every model:

  • LED headlights: These hammer-shaped headlights feature hidden LEDs for daytime use as well as directional indicator lights, giving a clear turning signal to the other drivers on the road. 
  • Retractable frameless mirrors: The mirrors on the Polestar 2 can be retracted to help you maneuver in tight spaces without damaging your car. The mirrors can be titled to assist with reversing into spaces and when parked you're able to fold them all the way in to avoid being hit by other cars moving around your parked vehicle. 
  • 19” 5-double spoke black diamond cut alloy wheels: These wheels give the car a modern look, an aerodynamic design, and are incredibly durable.
  • Intuitive car software: One of the biggest selling points for the Polestar 2 is the on-board technology, which features a built-in Google assistant and a driver-orientated interface. This is all controlled from the 11.2” touchscreen display that’s easy to use, even when driving.
  • Heated front seats: Cold mornings can be difficult, no matter what your tasks are for the day, but in the Polestar 2, you’ll have a level of comfort that makes every journey enjoyable. The driving seat is elevated to give the optimum experience, with the electronically controlled heated seats helping you to get immediately comfortable when you enter the car.
  • High-performance audio: The Polestar 2 offers immensely high-quality audio throughout the cabin for an immersive experience during every song. The audio system offers a fantastic 250 watts through a combined 8 speakers, including a unique patented woofer with air woofer technology - this is mounted beneath the bonnet and below the windscreen for maximum space utilisation. 

Polestar 2 VS Tesla Model 3

The obvious comparison for the Polestar 2 is the Tesla Model 3 - they’re two cars fighting for the same crown and they seem to be way ahead of any kind of competition, so it’s only natural to want to stack these two cars up against each other to see who the real winner is. Of course, as with any car, everything will boil down to your individual needs and desires; essentially, the best choice for you will be the one that ticks the most of your personal boxes. For us, both cars have their own distinct benefits, so it’s hard to choose a favourite, but here are a few of the key factors that you might compare the two using and how they stack up:

  • Mileage: One of the most important things to look out for when you’re looking at any car, whether that’s electric or combustion, is the mileage that you’re able to get out of a single tank, or a full charge. For electric cars, this holds much more significance as a dead battery means you’re unable to travel anywhere before you let your car recharge, so the bigger the mileage, the better. When comparing the expected miles per charge between the Polestar 2 and the Model 3, there isn’t too much in it, but the winner is the Tesla, offering 329 miles on a full battery rather than the very commendable 292 miles that the Polestar provides.
  • Speed: Now we doubt you’re planning on racing in your electric car, but it’s nice to know that you’re able to get up to speed quickly on the motorway and get from A to B as speedily as possible, so the speed statistics are always a nice one to dive into. In terms of 0-60 speeds, there again is little to separate the two: the Tesla comes in at 4.4s, whilst the Polestar 2 hits 60mph in 4.7s.
  • Comfort: Now for something you’re likely to consider far more than the car’s acceleration. Comfort is one of the fundamental things that the modern car simply has to get right, electric or not. If a car isn’t comfortable, its facing an uphill battle to be sold already - with people spending so much time travelling, commuting, and heading to social gatherings in their car, it’s important that manufacturers are making it a wonderful place to spend your time, and a comfortable one too. Of course this is quite a subjective one, but it can’t go unnoticed that the Volvo XC40 inspired cabin of the Polestar 2 does have a warming familiarity and offers excellent comfort, especially on long journeys - from our perspective, the Polestar 2 is hard to beat when it comes to comfort when commuting. 

What are the benefits of driving an electric car? 

Driving an electric car comes with a number of advantages, not just when you’re behind the wheel and for the environment, but also in terms of the money that they can save you over the course of your lease. You’ll already be well aware of the huge savings you’ll be making on fuel, with as much as £10 saved per 100 miles when compared with the price of fuel to cover the same distance, but there are also a number of other benefits outside of this that you may not yet have considered. One of these is the rules surrounding electric cars in congestion zones and low emission areas - whilst a combustion engine car might face charges as of up to £12 per day for driving through these zones in a busy city such as London, electric vehicles are offered exemption from these charges due to their comparatively invisible carbon footprint. With up to £12 saved per day on these fees, it’s easy to see how you can rapidly start to save money when making the switch to an electric car. 

Of course, environmental benefits are perhaps the biggest thing that electric cars offer - this doesn’t just benefit you personally, but the entire planet too. With the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere at a dangerously high level, it’s never been more important to take the necessary precautions to secure the health of the planet in both the short and long term. One of the major ways for us to do this is to consider the energy sources that we’re using and ensure that they’re green and sustainable rather than burning fossil fuels that damage the ozone layer and lead to global warming and climate change issues. Switching to an electric car will help you to significantly reduce your own carbon footprint and with wide scale adoption of these vehicles, we could see the damage start to lessen. In line with these worries, the UK government has put in place a series of pledges and quotas tailored to limit carbon emissions, many of which relate to the removal of petrol and diesel cars in the coming decades. By moving into the world of electric cars now, you’ll not only be reducing your emissions, but preparing yourself for a future eventuality well in advance. 

Why would you choose to lease a car with Vavoom?

If you’re ready to make the switch to an electric vehicle and the Polestar 2 looks like the perfect car for you, then it’s time to start looking at affordable leasing options that are available in the UK. Here at Vavoom we’re passionate about electric vehicles and we’re trying to ensure that as many people as possible are able to access an electric car without facing a financial burden. With Vavoom, you’ll be able to find a lease period that suits your needs, from short term contracts to longer deals that allow you to settle down with your new car - no matter what it is that you need, our team is on hand to help you find the right plan.

With a Vavoom Polestar 2 leasing deal, you’ll be able to get behind the wheel of one of the hottest cars on the market without having to pay full retail price to own one; this eliminates the risk and sets you up for an exciting period as the driver of a sophisticated electric car without the expensive price tag that often comes with the privilege. At the end of your lease term, you’ll be able to return your car and choose the option that suits you best - you can keep your Polestar for another term, you can select an upgraded model with the latest technology, or you can choose an entirely new make and model that is better suited to your needs in the future, for example, if you’ve recently started a family or you’re looking to cut down on fuel consumption by car sharing with your partner, family, or friends. 

You can contact Vavoom online, by phone, or by post if you’ve got any questions or queries regarding our cars and leasing services, so if you’re ever unsure about anything, please just give us a call as soon as you can and we’ll help you find the best possible solution. To continue browsing our range of vehicles available for lease, head on over to our catalogue pages, or to learn more about electric vehicles and their benefits, why not check out some of our in-depth guides!