Polestar 2 gets new P1.7 OTA software update adding Range Assistant and Eco Climate mode

It’s not enough to simply deliver an Electric Vehicle anymore, the expectations of customers have changed considerably are now required to retain existing customers and attract new cars to...

It’s not enough to simply deliver an Electric Vehicle anymore, the expectations of customers have changed considerably are now required to retain existing customers and attract new cars to your nameplate.

Polestar has announced their latest Over-the-Air (OTA) software updates for the Polestar 2 which helps to keep the Polestar 2 electric performance fastback feeling like new, applicable to even the very first cars that were delivered to customers from July 2020. 

The latest major update package has now begun to roll out incrementally in all markets, with development of several key attributes improving the driving and user experiences.

“The connected nature of Polestar 2 means we can continue developing new features and improving existing attributes on a continual basis, sending updates to customers regularly.

Since our first update late in 2020 we have released several key software and feature upgrades that have improved range, efficiency, connectivity and the driving experience. The latest package delivers some of our customers’ favourite wish-list items.”

Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath. 

The new P1.7 update includes a new in-car Range Assistant app that is geared to assist drivers, especially those new to the world of electric vehicles, to improve efficiency and range confidence. Included in the app is a new Eco Climate mode that enhances efficiency by allowing the driver to reduce demand on the battery from the climate system as desired. 

Further enhancements have been implemented for the battery preconditioning that Polestar introduced earlier in 2021 – when plugged in, the battery is automatically preconditioned according to scheduled climate timers – that are now also configurable in the Polestar app – to support optimal temperature in the battery according to the driver’s planned departure timing.

Optimising battery temperature also plays a large role in DC fast charging efficiency. With the latest update, a new battery preconditioning function is linked to Google Maps. When a public fast-charging station is programmed as a destination or waypoint, the battery will be preconditioned along the route for the fastest possible charge.

The Polestar 2 is due out in Q4 of 2021 and offers up to 540 kilometres (WLTP) of range, with an acceleration of 0-100km/h in under 5 seconds.

More information at https://www.polestar.com/au/

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