Despite the fact that many fans (as well as designers) of electric cars do not like the idea of using a gearbox in an electric vehicle, some manufacturers still take this step. At the moment, though, only the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-Tron GT have a multistep transmission. Well, the conceptual Rimac C-Two had a gearbox – before it was reincarnated as the production Nevera.
As the edition of Green Car Reports found out, the Swedish Polestar with its flagship sportback “5” intends to move along the same path. At the same time, the company is also designing a new electric motor with increased power.
According to unverified reports, this supermotor is codenamed P10 and is developed exclusively by the Swedes themselves. It should be about 50% more powerful than the Porsche Taycan engine and produce about 636 horsepower.
It looks like the engine and two-speed transmission will be done as a single unit. Moreover, these units will become a real Polestar exclusive, they are not going to be used in Volvo or Geely. There will be only one exception – in the face of the British Lotus, which, despite its own electric vehicle developments, still uses Swedish technologies in its sports cars and crossovers.
The “five” will be based on the promising 800V architecture, which is currently being created by specialists from Volvo, Lotus and Polestar: these brands will become the main users of the new “cart”. According to the creators, the platform will be equipped with a 103 kWh battery with support for fast charging.
In theory, the Polestar 5, equipped with two P10 motors, will be able to develop 1272 hp, which is significantly higher than the Tesla Model S Plaid or Lucid Air Dream Edition. Acceleration to 100 km / h with this setting will probably take less than 2 seconds.
Alas, the younger Polestar 2 and 3 will not get the new power plants. The reason is simple: the design work on them has already been completed, and the implementation of other components and assemblies will require both time and large cash infusions.