You may need heard that Hertz Australia is now renting out Polestar 2 and Tesla Mannequin 3 electrical automobiles Australia-wide. I employed one throughout my current vacation in Victoria and these are my ideas in regards to the expertise.
Reserving and Pickup expertise
First step is making a rental reserving, the worth will differ so much relying on what time of yr you rent the automotive, what number of days you rent it for, additional inclusions like extra insurance coverage cowl and when you have entry to any low cost codes.
Bear in mind that airport areas have a a lot bigger location surcharge worth/day than different Hertz areas.
Be aware that if you make this reserving the automotive sort is “Inexperienced Assortment” Polestar 2/Tesla Mannequin 3 so that you’re not assured to get a Polestar 2 however you’ll be able to point out a desire that will likely be fulfilled if the automotive you need is out there at your Hertz pickup location if you go there.
Subsequent step is choosing up the automotive from Hertz, in my case I did it from their Tullamarine Airport location.
In case your Hertz Polestar 2 rent is the primary time you’ve pushed an electrical automotive be sure to observe the explanatory hyperlinks they ship you the day or two earlier than your rent and skim the net handbook so you already know what to anticipate.
The shift supervisor David walked me across the automotive and sat inside briefly to clarify key electrical automotive options, then I checked the automotive for any present scratches and so forth put my baggage in and drove off.
If you wish to you’ll be able to create a Driver profile on the built-in Android Auto working system and alter no matter settings you want in addition to logging in together with your Google account so you’ll be able to set up apps.
Simply bear in mind to delete this profile earlier than you give the automotive again to Hertz so nobody else has entry to your Google account!
The primary centre show is a capacitive touchscreen and that makes it a smudgy fingerprint nightmare however fortunately that doesn’t influence visibility whereas driving.
Fortunately I had already accomplished a take a look at drive of the Polestar 2 in Sydney not too long ago so the electrical automotive driving expertise wasn’t a shock and I already knew which settings I wished to vary eg flip off Creep mode and alter One Pedal Drive to Customary earlier than I drove.
Driving the Polestar 2 was a pleasure in comparison with the fundamental petrol powered Kia Cerato I normally drive, employed from the Goget automotive share membership.
The automotive has loads of energy and instantaneous acceleration which is helpful when passing sluggish transferring vans and since Victorian drivers don’t appear to ever need to let individuals in simply when altering lanes or merging onto a motorway.
Whether or not I used to be on Melbourne suburban roads, on a motorway or within the nation the Polestar 2 felt highly effective and protected to make use of due to the Volvo heritage and security options just like the 360 diploma digicam when parking in tight spots, adaptive cruise management, BLIS blind spot warning on the facet mirrors and Auto LED headlights.
The automotive isn’t good although. I want the Polestar 2 had
- Rear window wipers and higher visibility out the rear when backing up
- Waze app obtainable to put in. The built-in Google maps satnav directions are OK however I wish to be given flip directions with street names and likewise pay attention to street hazards submitted by different drivers
- Higher Auto velocity signal recognition because it was typically fallacious eg: warning a couple of 40 zone despite the fact that I’m driving outdoors of faculty zone hours.
The automotive was already charged to 100% on pickup, bear in mind to return it with a minimum of 90% cost on the finish of rent.
This was my first driving vacation ever the place I didn’t really feel responsible from burning lots of of litres of gasoline whereas driving as a result of Evie and Chargefox each present 100% % inexperienced power.
Throughout my journey none of my in a single day locations had charging choices so I charged alongside the best way every day.
Every Hertz Polestar 2 ought to include a faucet n pay card for the Evie and Chargefox networks and the built-in Google Maps can present you the place the closest charging stations are to drive to.
Any use of those Evie and Chargefox playing cards will likely be publish charged to your account as will tolls and any fines.
Whilst you cost the charging station and automotive show present stats on the charging fee, battery capability and estimated end time relying heading in the right direction proportion eg: 90% full. The final 10% of charging takes about 28min so it’s not value doing until you really want the additional vary.
One sort of random factor about hiring a Hertz Polestar is that they’ve a number of variations of their fleet so that you received’t know which you get til you decide the automotive up.
Mine was a Single motor 170 kW (231 hp) with a 69 kWh Lithium-ion battery that’s able to 478km WLTP vary (Worldwide Harmonised Mild Car Take a look at Process).
The actual world vary in my expertise was about 380km with a combination of metropolis, motorway and nation driving. It will differ a good bit relying on in case your route is flat/hilly, use of air con, weight of your stuff within the automotive and whether or not you drive economically or speed up onerous on a regular basis.
Is it value hiring a Hertz Polestar 2?
After all the Polestar 2 isn’t the most affordable within the Hertz fleet however it’s also not the most costly both.
Should you can afford it and it fits your wants eg: a pair or single particular person desirous to go on a driving vacation then it’s nice enjoyable to drive and less expensive to recharge than refuelling a comparable petrol automotive.
Simply remember that it is a quick hatchback not an enormous household automotive. I fitted in two medium sized baggage and a swimsuit bag within the boot and our keep it up small baggage needed to be within the again seat.
Additionally earlier than you guide and pay for any electrical rent automotive examine your recharge choices alongside your driving route.
All of the state and territory governments are spending on subsidising extra charging stations however till that’s accomplished there are nonetheless areas just like the Nice Ocean Street with out sufficient quick charging choices alongside the journey size.
Disclosure: The rental was organised by Hertz PR. Evie charging stations had been free for all Hertz clients throughout my rental interval and I paid for the occasions I used Chargefox recharge stations.