The Polestar is an electric vehicle manufactured in China by Volvo and Geely. The Polestar is relatively new in the electric vehicle market and has had two models distributed worldwide. The Polestar 1 was a limited edition hybrid electric car and sold worldwide. The Polestar 2 was a pure electric car with outrageous specifications. The car was meant to compete with the Tesla Model 3 and sold at competitive prices.
There was much shock and dismay when the Polestar 2 was recalled due to power failure issues. Concern was first raised when some of the newly purchased Polestar 2 would suddenly stop while being driven. Imagine how unsafe it would be to have your car just shut off while driving; getting this problem solved quickly was necessary.
The manufacturers announced that they had investigated and identified the cause of the problem and strongly urged anyone who owned a Polestar 2 to take their vehicle to a service center for repair and upgrades. The recall located issues in both the battery and, most recently, the inverters.
Polestar 2 and the Recall
The Polestar 2 is an electric vehicle with an electric motor at the rear and front axle. The car weighs about 2,100 kilograms and generates about 400 horsepower.
The manufacturer opted for a smaller battery in the Polestar 2 to lower the price of the electric vehicle. The Polestar 2 battery has a home charge time of eight hours and a 40-minute charge time at a public charging unit using a 150kW DC fast charger. With battery specifications like these, it was no surprise that the car started selling rapidly when it was introduced to the market.
The rapid sales of the Polestar 2 came to a halt when issues later led to a recall. According to Automotive News, some of the Polestar 2 have faulty inverters that need to be replaced. Asia and Europe have recalled over two thousand Polestar electric vehicles so far. With the cars being relatively new, the recalls have been quite easy to contain.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the manufacturers Volvo and Geely have faced similar issues. In 2016, they experienced similar problems with the Fiat 500e and the Volkswagen e-Golf. The coolant heater in the battery pack was not functioning correctly.
The Polestar 2 Issues
Each startup electric vehicle has its own set of challenges. The Polestar 2 battery comes with a High Voltage Coolant Heater, HVCH. The High Voltage Coolant Heater is responsible for regulating high voltage battery heating and cooling. This regulation of temperature helps to extend the life of an electric vehicle battery. Some of the parts placed in the High Voltage Coolant Heater were faulty and needed to be replaced, causing a recall.
When the High Voltage Coolant Heater is faulty, the battery will heat up, making the battery wear out faster. Three thousand one hundred fifty cars had this issue; though, it is uncertain how many of the recalled vehicles have gone back and at what pace they are being fixed.
Faulty batteries were not the only thing that caused the Polestar recall. On November 2nd, 2020, notifications were sent to all Polestar owners with faulty inverters. The inverter is an electronic circuit in electric vehicle engines; it converts direct current to alternating current. Electric vehicles use alternating current, popularly called AC, to function. There were 4,586 Polestar cars with issues relating to their inverters. Manufactures resolved the problem by upgrading the Battery Energy Control Module’s logic unit and replacing faulty inverters once recalled vehicles were worked on.
The Polestar is a great car with impressive specs. Recalling back a car or any vehicle doesn’t mean it is a bad product, just that there are improvements to be made. Regardless, if you own a Polestar, get your car serviced quickly so that you may be back on the road without worry of engine failure.