I do find myself warming up to the design. polestar is still better looking. But if done from the same starting point, depending on how the test drives went, I could see going for this based on the expected range/charging benefits. Still think would’ve ended up in the Polestar since I imagine this would drive like the Kona or Niro and Polestar handles much better and looks much better too.
dont know if it’s the battery itself. Arranging the cells into 800V instead of 400V is just a matter of how much is wired in series or parallel. I could see the C rate of the battery chemistry being a factor but that’s not intrinsic to the voltage but more the total kW that can be pumped inMaybe, and that Ionic 5 isn’t cheap. Seems that voltage changes aren’t too expensive, but maybe 800V battery chemistry is where the cost difference lies.