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What it’s like to drive one of the most exciting EVs on the planet (hint: it’s not a Tesla)

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I approach the green light hoping, perhaps for the first time in my life, that it turns red before I reach the intersection. When it does, I steel myself, facing an open road with no one in front of me. Underneath my foot? A pedal attached to 408 horsepower of silky electric motors that will launch me from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds flat. It’s an addictive sensation that feels less like a machine is moving me than that I’m moving the machine through sheer will.

Not bad, for a car built out of water bottles and old fishing nets.

[Photo: Polestar]This is the Polestar 2, the winner of our 2021 Innovation by Design Award for products. Whereas Tesla has cornered the lower-end EV market with its $40,000 spartanly designed Model 3—a car with a cost-cutting interior that reads like a shrine to its large iPad display—the Polestar 2 is a $60,000 electric vehicle that feels, in every sense, like a premium car.

Spun out of Volvo’s skunkworks lab by designer-CEO Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar is a performance-oriented Swedish car brand that balances luxury with sustainability. The electric drivetrain offers blistering fast speeds off the line. (The Polestar 2 would lose a quarter mile race to Dom’s Charger, but beat Elon’s base Model 3.) However, its unique appeal is based upon nearly every other detail. In my week with the car, I’m surprised how........

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