Polestar’s Precept explores sustainability
There are few emerging electric car brands as impressive as Polestar. Just one look at the designs of this latest premium brand and our electrified future looks very positive indeed.
We think Polestar’s latest vehicle, the four-door GT Precept concept car, is about as exciting as electric power gets.
But the car is not just a preview of what’s coming next for Volvo’s electrifying sister brand. As well as looking as great as it does, the car also explores ideas around sustainability. And what sustainability could mean for Polestar cars and its customers.
“The car is a declaration…of what Polestar stands for,” says Thomas Ingenlath, CEO, Polestar.”[Precept serves as a] response to the clear challenges our society and industry face…This is not a dream of a distant future, Polestar Precept previews future vehicles and shows how we will apply innovation to minimise our environmental impact.”
Following in the footsteps of the vegan interior, which is now offered as standard in the production Polestar 2 model, Polestar set out to explore what its next step would be as it strives towards its goal of full-circle sustainability for its cars.
It’s clear that to be truly sustainable we have to evaluate every element that goes into our cars– Thomas Ingenlath
Working with specialists in the field, the company aims to reduce weight, cut plastic content and lessen waste material by using innovative natural and recycled source materials.
“It’s clear that to be truly sustainable we have to evaluate every element that goes into our cars,” says Ingenlath. “For Polestar, sustainability is not just about the electric powertrain. With the development of these innovative new solutions that we will introduce in our future cars we make a strong statement of our intentions.”
Precept’s designers asked how they could make the entire car greener and minimise its environmental impact; above and beyond the obvious environmental advantages offered by its clean powertrain.
The car has a number of material innovations which could change the way car interiors are both made and perceived.
The interior of the car is made from sustainable flax-based materials developed by sustainable materials supplier Bcomp. The car’s lightweight interior panels – made from flax – led to an 80 per cent reduction in plastic and a 50 per cent drop in the weight of the interior parts.
With up to 50 per cent reduction in overall weight, the Bcomp composite enables a significant weight saving by being not only stronger but also lighter than traditional plastics used in car interiors. Potentially, this helps reduce the vehicle’s overall weight, improving efficiency and potentially offering better range.
Also, flax is significant because it differs from other bio-materials in that it is ideal for use in crop rotation programmes and does not directly compete with food crops.
Seats are covered with a 3D-knitted material – well-known in the fashion and active footwear industries – knitted from yarn made from 100 per cent recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles. Even the production process itself reduces waste because the material is made exactly to size with no unusable off-cuts.
The car’s headrests and seat bolsters are made from a cork material recycled from the wine industry. Waste material from the cork manufacturing process, and even whole bottle stoppers, are incorporated into interior components.
Meanwhile, the car’s interior carpets are made from recycled fishing nets. The recycled Nylon 6 are gathered through an international collection network which aims to infinitely regenerate the discarded material.
Using sustainable materials presents a positive challenge, giving new meaning to interior design.– Maximilian Missoni
“Importantly, we don’t need to sacrifice design and luxury with these materials,” says Maximilian Missoni, head of Design at Polestar. “If anything, they enable an even more premium, cutting-edge execution which elevates our design-led products. Using sustainable materials presents a positive challenge, giving new meaning to interior design. We are able to derive entirely new aesthetics from a new context and the related technologies, allowing society to move on.”
Ultimately, the aim is that these materials will make it into all future Polestar production cars. How we love such future positivity!