Polestar Targets Sustainability with BEV Concept

Polestar has released more details of its latest luxury performance BEV concept highlighting its ambitions towards sustainable car production.

The Polestar Precept builds on the vegan foundations presented by Polestar 2 and the automaker has worked together with Bcomp to integrate flax-based natural composite which has been used extensively to replace many virgin plastics. It claims these materials reduce interior component weight by 50% with an 80% reduction in plastic.

The seat covers are 3D-knitted from 100% recycled PET bottles in a single thread made exactly to size with no waste or off-cuts. Recycled plastic bottles are also used for the 100% recycled headlining textile. Carpets are woven from Nylon 6, recovered from reclaimed fishing nets and waste and recycled cork from the wine industry is converted into cork-based vinyl for seat bolsters and head rest.

Naturally, as a BEV struggling to find every way possible to boost the technology’s limited range, aerodynamics features large in Polestar’s focus. So the Precept features a front wing integrated into the bonnet to improve air flow by reducing turbulence over the rest of the body.

Air ducts behind the front wheels allow air to exit the wheelhouses and contribute to better flow around the side of the car while more air ducts in front of- and behind the rear wheels help in brake cooling as well as wheelhouse depressurisation. Sporty 22-inch performance wheels are forged and machined and also feature aerodynamic inserts.

‘SmartZone’ replaces the traditional front grille with elements required for Pilot Assist including long- and mid-range radar units, ultrasonic sensors and a high-definition wide-angle camera. Additional SmartZones on either side of the car house additional driving assistance sensors and a roof-mounted LiDAR pod is positioned for superior visibility for future automated driving roles.

Infotainment includes a full range of Google Assistant voice control with advanced speech technology in more languages with improved local dialect interpretation and more personalised experiences. Video streaming services will become available when parked or charging and proximity sensors adjust what is shown on the screen depending on where the user’s hand is placed.

A 9-inch horizontal driver display contains vital information and is linked to eye tracking monitors to estimate where the driver is looking and adjusts the way information is presented.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, said: “People ask me all the time, ‘what is the future of Polestar?’, and of course we are not showing our future models just yet. But Precept shows you where we will be heading – our design direction, our ambitions about sustainability and the great digital user experience we will bring with those future cars. Precept showcases our future, not as a fancy dream or something out of a sci-fi movie. This is our reality, to come.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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