The Polestar O2 2+2 electric roadster concept is based on a bonded aluminium platform adapted from the Polestar 5, which promises lightness and rigidity in order to deliver a sports car driving experience.
However as well as the design elements intended to provide benefit for the driver, the Polestar O2 also showcases advances in sustainability and technology. A new thermoplastic mono-material (a single base material) features extensively in the interior.
Recycled polyester is the sole material used for all the soft components of the interior: foam, adhesive, 3D knit fibres and non-woven lamination. This simplifies recycling and is a significant step towards greater circularity, while also reducing weight and waste.
Polestar sustainability teams believe that materials should be recycled, not downcycled. In Polestar O2, they have integrated a new method of controlling recycled content and improving circularity of metal components. Different grades of aluminium are used throughout the chassis.
These different grades are labelled, allowing them to be recycled more effectively and for their properties to be retained. High grade aluminium remains high grade, while other grades maintain their varied characteristics, allowing for greater material efficiency and a lower requirement for virgin aluminium.
The Polestar O2 features the concept of an autonomous cinematic drone integrated behind the rear seats which can be deployed while the car is moving to film the car.
Polestar engineers have developed a specialised aerofoil that raises behind the rear seats to create a calm area of negative pressure that allows the drone to take off when the car is on the move. The drone operates autonomously, automatically following the car at speeds up to 56mph. After filming, the drone can autonomously return to the car. The idea is that video clips can be edited and shared directly from the 15-inch centre display when the car is parked.
The Polestar O2 continues the foundations laid by the Polestar Precept as a vision of the company’s future design, technology and sustainability ambitions.
Polestar plans to launch three new cars over the coming three years, starting in 2022.
Polestar was established by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding as a new, standalone Swedish premium electric vehicle manufacturer in 2017. Polestar cars are currently manufactured in two facilities in China, with additional future manufacturing planned in the USA.
The Polestar 2 electric performance fastback includes three variants with a combination of long and standard range batteries as large as 78 kWh, and dual and single-motor powertrains with as much as 300 kW / 408 hp and 660 Nm.
In the coming three years, Polestar plans to launch one new electric vehicle per year, starting with Polestar 3 in 2022 – the company’s first electric performance SUV. Polestar 4 is expected to follow in 2023, a smaller electric performance SUV coupe.
In 2024, the Polestar 5 electric performance 4-door GT is planned to be launched as the production evolution of Polestar Precept.
As the company seeks to reduce its climate impact with every new model, Polestar aims to produce a truly climate-neutral car by 2030.