Geely-owned Polestar has unveiled a new concept car that claims to “redefine sports roadsters in the electricity age.”
The hard-top convertible, called the Polestar O2, also showcases advances in sustainability and technology. The new thermoplastic mono-material is widely presented in the interior. The term “mono-material” describes the use of a single base material to produce different components.
The Polestar O2 recycled polyester is the only material used for all soft interior components: foam, glue, 3D knitted fibers and non-woven lamination. This simplifies recycling and is a significant step towards greater roundness as well as weight and waste reduction.
Polestar’s sustainable development teams believe that materials need to be recycled, not recycled. In Polestar O2, they have integrated a new method of controlling the content of secondary raw materials and improving the circular shape of metal components.
Different grades of aluminum are used throughout the chassis to provide an exciting driving experience. The company says these different brands are labeled, allowing them to be recycled more efficiently and retain their properties. High-quality aluminum remains high quality, while other varieties retain their diverse characteristics, which improves the efficiency of materials and reduces the requirements for primary aluminum.
In a world increasingly driven by social media, the Polestar O2 has a stand-alone cinematic drone built into the rear seats. The concept drone, developed in collaboration with the consumer electronics brand Aerofugia Hoco Flow, can be deployed while the car is moving to record the perfect movement sequence.
Polestar engineers have developed a specialized airplane that rises behind the rear seats to create a quiet negative pressure zone that allows the drone to take off while the car is in motion. The drone works autonomously, automatically following the car at speeds up to 90 km / h, and the driver can choose between atmospheric sequence – great for a cruise along the coastline – or a more saturated sequence of actions with a more sporty expression. After shooting, the drone can return to the car autonomously. Video clips can be edited and shared directly from the 15-inch central display when the car is parked.
Polestar plans to release three new cars over the next three years, starting in 2022, each of which has the potential to gradually implement some of the ideas presented by these concept cars.
Polestar also intends to put on Nasdaq a proposed business combination with Gores Guggenheim, Inc., which is expected to close in the first half of 2022.