There are very few things that a car cannot do these days, but the only thing really must do is stop and go when you want. But it looks like all 2200 Polestar 2s currently shipped will be recalled as they completely shut down on their own and did not restart.
The initial report is from a Swedish publication Today’s industry, who notes that a series of glitches and software errors have caused the car to come to a complete stop when in motion. Today’s industry reports that three Swedish customers were affected, which led the Swedish-Chinese company to recall the 2,200 models that customers currently have on hand.
Brent Ellis of Polestar’s PR department confirmed Today’s industry that things like the brakes and steering still work after the cars have stopped, so that owners have been able to avoid serious accidents. They just can’t restart the car and have to tow it.
And although Polestar hasn’t really revealed to anyone which exact components stop working, Ellis has confirmed that the components are “very safety critical.” In other words, some very important functionality is about to stop. It is logical that Polestar thus recalls the 2.
We have also contacted Polestar for comment and will update as soon as we have a response.
A few Polestar 2 owners wrote to Inside EVs to share their own experiences. One said he had been informed by the “Polestar Space Manager” that the impacted part was “a safety device connecting the high voltage and the rear motor”, which led to the dismantling of the rear transmission.
Some Polestar 2 owners have received a warning message regarding problems with the “drive system” before their car has stopped. Others saw nothing.
While the Tesla Model 3 had a similar problem after its Release, Polestar’s situation seems more complicated. In Tesla’s case, the battery just needed to be replaced. In Polestar’s, Ellis noted that all cars have a problem with the battery. The problem remains to be fully identified.