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A more affordable Polestar electric SUV is set to launch by the end of the year. Polestar (PSNY) will unveil a cheaper, entry-level Polestar 3 model to compete with Tesla and Porsche. Here’s what we know so far.

Meet the Polestar’s new electric SUV

With the Polestar 3 expected to begin rolling out in the US in the coming months, the automaker is already planning to launch a cheaper option for buyers.

Polestar 3 production began in April in Chengdu, China, a few months ago, with additional production in South Carolina expected to start in mid-2024. Polestar has already successfully completed early production tests in the US.

The Polestar 3 will be the company’s first EV built on two continents as the brand looks to expand in major markets globally.

The entry-level Long Range Dual Motor was expected to start at $83,900 with up to 300 miles EPA range. However, in March, Polestar announced a new starting MSRP of $73,400 with Pilot Pack included as standard on all trims.

Polestar expects deliveries of the standard Long Range Dual Motor to begin in the second quarter of 2024.

2025 Polestar 3 trim Estimated EPA range (Combined) Power Torque Price
Long Range Dual Motor with Pilot Pack 315 miles 489 hp 620 lb-ft $73,400
Long Range Dual Motor with Pilot Pack and Plus Pack 315 miles 489 hp 620 lb-ft $78,900
Long Range Dual Motor with Pilot and Performance Pack 279 miles 517 hp 671 lb-ft $79,400
Long Range Dual Motor with Pilot, Plus, and Performance Pack 279 miles 517 hp 671 lb-ft $84,900
Polestar 3 price and specs by trim (*not including $1,400 destination fee)

The company also revealed that the Polestar 3 is eligible for its $7,500 Polestar Clean Vehicle Incentive on leases, potentially bringing prices as low as $65,900.

The Polestar 3 Long Range Dual Motor with standard Pilot Pack and optional Plus Pack starts at $78,900. Polestar’s Plus Pack includes a 1,610-watt Bowers and Wilkins sound system, 21″ wheels, bio-attributed MicroTech, and heated rear seats.

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Polestar 3 prototype (Source: Polestar)

Polestar’s Long Rang Dual Motor model boasts up to 489 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque with 315 EPA estimated miles range.

For added performance, the Polestar 3 with Performance Pack is available for $79,400. This boosts output to 517 hp and 671 lb-ft of torque for a 0 to 60 mpg sprint in 4.6 seconds. It also includes “Swedish Gold” accents, 22″ performance wheels, and Polestar-engineered chassis tuning.

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Polestar 3 prototype (Source: Polestar)

Polestar to launch cheaper Polestar 3 variant

Polestar confirmed a cheaper Polestar 3 will join the lineup by the end of the year as the new base model.

Speaking with the media, Polestar’s global head of communications, Brent Ellis, said, “Later this year, the single-motor version of the Polestar 3 will be available.”

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Polestar 3 electric SUV (Source: Polestar)

Ellis added, “It will be rear-wheel drive, and we will have more details a few months from now when the time comes to launch.”

Although details and pricing are yet to be revealed, Polestar’s product manager told Drive the RWD model will use the same rear electric motor as the AWD Long Range Dual Motor model with 180 kW (241 hp).

Like the other trims, the RWD model will feature a 111 kWh battery pack, which should see increased range.

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Polestar 3 interior (Source: Polestar)

Polestar 3 deliveries are expected to kick off in Australia in June 2024. However, it will be a true electric five-seater. Ellis confirmed, “There’s not going to be a seven-seater at any point.”

The cheaper model will likely launch in the US and other global markets. More details are expected closer to its official debut. Check back for more info soon.

Electrek’s Take

Although Polestar claims Tesla is not the competition (more like Porsche’s new Macan EV), a cheaper electric SUV could help it keep pace with Tesla’s best-selling Model Y.

Tesla’s RWD Model Y starts at $44,990 with up to 320 miles range. The Long Range AWD model costs $47,990 with up to 310 miles range. Meanwhile, the Performance variant starts at $51,490 with a 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.5 seconds. With the $7,500 EV tax credit, Tesla Model Y prices start at as low as $37,490.

Which one would you buy? The Tesla Model Y or the Polestar 3 (or Porsche Macan EV)? Drop us a comment below.

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The Invanti Tornado is the Swiss Army knife of e-bikes [Video]

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Want your electric bike to have utility as well as comfort and style? Then, the Invanti Tornado, with its impressive array of optional accessories, could be your ideal ride.

Invanti is developing multi-functional e-bikes to reinvent the e-bike industry. It will launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on May 22 for its first product, the versatile Tornado e-bike series. Early backers can purchase the Tornado for a super early bird price of $1,299, significant savings vs. gas bikes.

Invanti makes it easy to protect your e-bike from theft with its “invantimobility” app. The smart version Tornado Pro has a smart front hub lock feature that, once activated, can only be unlocked using the app.

This zippy and efficient utility e-bike has a 750W rear hub motor, 1,000 peak power, and a 48V 14.7Ah battery with Samsung cells that give a top speed of up to 25 mph. The Shimano 7-speed transmission, 80 mm travel suspension, 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, and torque sensor means riding is smooth. It also sports a pair of 20-by-3-inch puncture-resistant tires.

The Tornado provides a range of 60 miles on pedal assist and 25 miles on throttle only. You can additionally install an extra 48V, 10.4Ah battery that you take with you, giving a cumulative total of 100 miles on pedal assist and 43.5 miles on throttle only. Plus, you can use the extra battery as a portable powerbank for your phone.

What makes the Invanti Tornado stand out is the cool accessories it comes with. Your e-bike arrives with a front rack, a rear cargo rack, a rear fork storage bag with lockout, and rear wheel mudguards. It also features front and rear lights with integrated turn signals.

Plus, it offers a choice of nine upgrade accessories, which give this bike an almost modular feel. This means you can make your e-bike bespoke:

If you want to cart around passengers, you can make it happen with the Invanti Tornado’s optional rear seat pad and passenger foot rest, and there’s also a child safety handrail. Its dual-tube aluminum alloy frame can handle payloads of up to 440 pounds.

Invanti’s super early bird price on the Tornado is $1,299, and the official crowdfunding price is $1,499.

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This startup is about to install bladeless rooftop wind turbines on box buildings

Aeromine Technologies just closed a $9 million funding round, and it’s ready to scale up production of its bladeless rooftop wind turbines.

Energy research, investing, and strategy firm Veriten is the lead investor in Aeromine Technologies’ Series A funding round.

Aeromine, launched in 2022, makes compact 50 kW or larger “wind harvesting platforms” that it mounts on the edge of a building’s roof. The rooftop wind units, which have no external moving parts or blades, capture wind flowing up and over the building and convert it into onsite electricity. Its generator system is a rotor-stator system with a highly efficient 5 kW permanent magnet generator. (Specs are here.)

The noiseless technology leverages aerodynamics like airfoils on a race car to capture and amplify each building’s airflow to generate energy. Aeromine says its systems typically consist of 20-40 units installed on the edge of a building facing the predominant wind direction.

Each 1,000-pound unit can withstand winds of between 120 and 158 mph depending on specification.

Aeromine’s units can operate independently or be integrated with existing rooftop solar arrays. Onsite power generation eliminates grid supply disruptions.

Maynard Holt, founder & CEO of Veriten, said:

We believe that distributed power innovation will play a vital role in helping companies fulfill their need for reliable, reasonably priced electricity and desire for low-impact power. We’re excited to partner with Aeromine, as its ability to quickly and affordably help a wide variety of companies meet their energy needs with wind resources is unique among distributed energy solutions.

The bladeless wind turbines are designed to power apartment buildings, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, offices, hospitals, retail centers – basically any big box building with a flat, unobstructed roof.

The company says it has 400 qualified projects in its pipeline and expects to roll out commercially in Europe and North America in 2025. 

Read more: How renewables could beat natural gas in US generating capacity within 3 years – in numbers


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Ford likely to enable all dealers to sell EVs amid shifting plans

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With changes expected to Ford’s electric vehicle certification program, all Ford dealers will likely be able to sell EVs. Ford is reportedly preparing to open the program amid feedback from its dealers.

Ford poised to open dealers network to sell EVs

After asking dealers to pause EV investments this week, Ford is finalizing changes to the program. Ford already eased requirements last year due to “changes in the market.”

Ford spokesperson Marty Gunsberg confirmed that several dealers opted out of the program this past December. Gunsberg said, “Enrollments for 2024 are just over 50% of the network.” That’s down from about two-thirds confirmed by CEO Jim Farley a year prior.

According to Automotive News, after a series of meetings between dealers and executives, Ford is now preparing to allow all dealers to sell EVs.

Ford is expected to update the financial requirements needed to qualify. Previously, dealers were required to invest at least $500,000 to enroll in the program. For $1.2 million, dealers could be eligible for the “Elite” tier, which included additional chargers, demo units, and a presence on Ford.com.

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Ford Mustang Mach E at a Tesla Supercharger (Source: Ford)

If dealers didn’t want to invest, they couldn’t sell Ford EVs. Ford’s vice president of EV programs, Lisa Drake, said the company no longer believes having select dealers sell EVs is the right plan.

More dealers want in but with less financial commitment

“What we’re finding is more dealers want to be involved in it and we don’t want to be exclusive to just a handful,” Drake said. “And so we’re making a change where we’re opening up that and not requiring as many certifications or investments for a dealer to participate in the EV revolution.”

Meanwhile, the changes will not be finalized until early June, when Ford meets with its dealer council.

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2024 Ford F-150 Lightning lineup (Source: Ford)

It’s unclear how much Ford will reduce financial requirements to sell EVs, but many believe it will be drastically relaxed to promote participation.

Drake said Ford will be “more ubiquitous with our training and make sure essentially all of our dealers are equipped to sell them” going forward. Ford will need to figure out how to deal with those who have already made investments at the upcoming dealer council meeting.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Bronze edition (Source: Ford)

Ford slashed prices on its popular Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning in recent months to boost sales.

After cutting Mach-E prices by up to $8,100 earlier this year, Ford introduced a new 0% APR offer on 2024 models this week.

2024 Mustang Mach-E trim Range Starting Price
Mustang Mach-E Select 250 mi $39,995
Mustang Mach-E Premium 320 mi $43,995
Mustang Mach-E GT 280 mi $53,995
Mustang Mach-E Rally 265 mi $59,995
2024 Mustang Mach-E price and range by trim

Ford also introduced new discounts on the 2023 F-150 Lightning this week, offering up to $15,000 off MSRP. F-150 Lightning lease prices were cut by over $400 a month.

If you’re in the market for a new EV, now’s the time to start shopping. You can use our links below to find deals on Ford’s electric vehicles at a dealer near you.

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