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Dead Polestar 2 at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Was dropping off my ICE rental car last evening when I spotted a Polestar 2 sitting outside of an Enterprise Rent-A-Car office (north of Pittsburgh). Initially, I was really excited to see one in the wild, and I took a couple of pictures. But then I took a closer look. As shown in one of the photos, it appears that this Polestar 2 is dead - the rusted rotors indicate that this thing has been sitting for a LOOOONG time.
As I was standing there "admiring" the car, I struck up a conversation with a truck driver dropping off a couple of vehicles from the back of his car carrier. He pointed out another Polestar on the back of his rig, and he said that the one he had on his truck was going to the "car hospital" for a battery change. He said that he is always carrying Polestars back for repair, as they tend to simply die while on the road. When I told him that I was a Tesla owner, he said that I had the right EV, and to stay away from Polestars.



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In fact there was a recall for the Polestar back in 2020 for the propulsion battery:

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Regen braking doesn't have much use in any EV at slow speeds regardless of the brand. They all need friction brakes to get to a complete stop.
I realize that - just noting that some Tesla owners suggesting surface rust on a non-Tesla EV is a sign of some problem. The OP thought it was a big enough deal to post pictures of it. There are plenty of threads on these boards about people questioning rust on their rotors.
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It’s hard to say much from the rust. How quickly it forms depends on the environment so a ton of rust in Phoenix would imply something different than the same amount in Florida.

There appeared to be a moderate amount of rust on the rotors pictures, but not more than I’d expect to see after a week or two. Still, it would be unusual for that car to be parked in that location that long. I don’t think you can say for certain it’s ‘dead,’ but it’s still suspicious.

I’d be interested to see if it’s still there in a week or two.

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