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Polestar 2 EPA comes out 233 miles.
 

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Google translate; from posted article above;

A must to keep Volvo competitive. According to development manager Henrik Green, self-developed electrical machines are a vital competence. But do not expect Hisingen to build "super machines".

What happens to a producer who goes through a paradigm shift and what kind of history is to be written after you have finished a chapter?

For Volvo, which in less than a decade has changed goals and set off in a new direction, these are interesting questions. And one thing that Volov has landed in is that there is a key component that is required for the company to remain relevant as a car manufacturer in the future.

- The prediction three or four years ago was that you could buy an "off the shelf" solution, but 1.5-2 years ago we came to the conclusion that the electric machine is a key factor in the electric car. We need to create competence and understanding ourselves and how we can control the technology with software, says Henrik Green, development manager at Volvo Cars.
Efficiency will be the most important thing

Henrik Green says that Volvo made the decision to invest in in-house development to ensure that they can get engines that meet the specific requirements they want. This insight is not something we get to see in Volvo's first electric car, the XC40 P8. No, in it it is Siemens machines that sit under the shell.

- We have started the development, but in the first generation electric cars that we see in the XC40, a lot is a supplier product. But in two years we will have our own SPA2 platform and there will be our own machines, says Green.

So if electric motors are a key factor and an extremely important component in the future - then what will Volvo's motors be like, what will be the focus?
Read more: The new battery lab will secure Volvo's electrical future

Henrik Green sees one thing as very clear - excessive acceleration performance is not something you will put the powder on.

- The most crucial part is efficiency because it has a direct impact on range. So I would say that efficiency is our main parameter in this context. Then we have a sustainability perspective. I can directly say that we should not be in the maximum power race. Others are allowed to work with electric machines of over 1,000 horsepower.

Develops the electric machine themselves - but not sure that Volvo builds it

The development manager says that Volvo will only develop a single type of machine and does not see it as an alternative to develop an entire palette with different alternatives. Whether they are to be used in electric cars or plug-in hybrids.

Henrik Green says that what becomes rather defining is what the platform looks like. Currently, two different solutions are used depending on whether it is CMA or SPA. But in the future, one and the same will be used.

- I would say that I see different power levels and we will not have use for different variants at the same power levels. I think we're talking about two or three different levels. What I can see is that they are more platform dependent and I do not see that one and the same platform would need several different concepts, he says.

Even if Volvo wants to establish itself as an electric motor developer, this does not mean that the company will necessarily manufacture the machines itself, according to Henrik Green.

- Production is less strategic. We can imagine that we do it ourselves, that someone else in the group (the Geely Group, editor's note) does it or maybe a third party. But if we do, let's say a 150 kW machine ourselves, then of course we see that we should try to spread it within the group.
Read more: This is how Polestar could have ducked the loss of prestige

A novelty that was presented last week was that the Geely Group announced that they are launching a new scalable electric car architecture, SEA - which will also be offered as an open source solution to third parties. But what does this mean for Volvo? The Hisings-based manufacturer has been the ones who got to wear the technical leader jersey in the group.

- For us, this means an opportunity to expand beyond our own bandwidth. That means smaller cars than we have and we see it as a good complement.

When asked about the information that Volvo will build a small electric car, smaller than the XC40, at SEA, Henrik Green answers in the affirmative. However, that car is a good distance ahead in time.

- It is a future project plan that we are working on. But it is a number of years away, he says.

Therefore, CMA was chosen for the first electric car

Developing a platform takes years and Volvo knew that SEA was underway, but despite that, the CMA platform was chosen as the basis for the first electric car. According to Henrik Green, it was a strategic choice.

- It was a long and very much an industrial issue. We wanted to get into electric cars very quickly and use the infrastructure we have built up. When we decided on it, we did not know how many cars we would build. But with CMA, we have great flexibility and can follow demand, he says.

And before the small SEA electric car arrives, a couple of other models are in the planning. They will be built on the new generation of the SPA platform. In other words, the architecture that underlies Volvo's larger cars in the 60s and 90s
 

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Tesla consistently under performs their EPA range test when compared to tests at highway speed more than any other brand. For example, this independent study commissioned by Polestar.

Polestar 2 test range vs EPA.jpg

Polestar 2 Performance only looses by 37 miles of range to the Model 3 Performance.
 

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Tesla consistently under performs their EPA range test when compared to tests at highway speed more than any other brand. For example, this independent study commissioned by Polestar.

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Polestar 2 Performance only looses by 37 miles of range to the Model 3 Performance.
EPA number now becomes a joke because of the inconsistency or lack of fairness across the tested models. Because Tesla takes advantage of some EPA rules or options while others don't. Only side by side range test makes sense now.

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EPA number now becomes a joke because of the inconsistency or lack of fairness across the tested models. Because Tesla takes advantage of some EPA rules or options while others don't. Only side by side range test makes sense now.
 
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