Polestar is working by just a few kinks with its 2 sedan these days, and this recall for defective inverters represents the second massive recall for the new Swedish electric vehicle in as many months. Last time, a software program bug may trigger the automobile to lose energy and cease driving. This time, the defective inverters may trigger the identical problem, however for a distinct motive. There’s additionally a “service marketing campaign” involving the cabin (and battery) heater.
The inverter is a important element in EVs, reworking the direct present saved within the 78-kWh battery pack into alternating present that is utilized by the automotive’s two electrical motors, that are good for a complete system output of 408 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. Polestar states 4,586 automobiles with this problem have been delivered and will likely be recalled.
The service marketing campaign will tackle the two’s high-voltage coolant heater, too, which supplies warmth to the battery pack and in addition to the cabin. Polestar notes that early-run 2s used defective elements on this element, and people will should be changed as effectively. This problem impacts 3,150 delivered automobiles.
We must always be aware that neither this recall, nor the one which occurred just a few weeks in the past, have an effect on United States Polestar house owners for the straightforward motive that there are no but: no Polestar 2s have been delivered to prospects within the U.S., Canada, or Switzerland on the time of this writing. Whereas meaning the vehicles are late to reach (deliveries had been initially anticipated in Summer time, however clearly, that is slipped), it additionally means Polestar has a chance to repair the problems earlier than vehicles hit North America (and Switzerland).
There is a silver lining, of types, for present 2 house owners, as effectively. Polestar states it would improve all vehicles recalled with over-the-air (OTA) replace functionality. Polestar notes the primary OTA replace will likely be launched in early 2021 and can embody some good comfort options that weren’t out there at launch, resembling a “phone-as-a-key” performance. It is also price noting that Polestar states OTA updates would have been able to fix the previous, software-related issue the two was recalled for.