Sources claim it is to be called the Polestar 4, so what about the Polestar 3?
Polestar seems to be on a roll lately. After making their initial splash into the EV world with the Polestar 1 hybrid GT, the company has also been celebrating their launch of the Tesla Model 3 rivalling Polestar 2 compact EV sedan. Now though, the firm has decided to be really bold and put one of their concept creations into production.
Revealed to the world earlier this year, the Polestar Precept concept was just meant as ‘a manifesto to illustrate the brand’s future vision’. Thanks to popular demand across the automotive world though, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath has announced that the Geely-owned brand is now planning to put this concept car into production.
It is not hard to see why there is popular demand futuristic-looking concept four-door fastback. Not only is it a stunning looking design, but the Precept concept also showcased many cool technologies that many hope to see on the production version. The star of the tech show being the LIDAR sensor mounted on the roof above the windshield, for use by its advanced driver assist features. Other tech highlights on the concept car includes an LED strip on the C-pillar of this four seat fastback indicating the state of charge on the vehicle.
Inside, Polestar’s existing Android-based infotainment ecosystem is expected within the production Precept. What is more fascinating on the interior front however is perhaps the firm’s choice of materials for the cabin. In accordance with Polestar’s commitment to sustainability, a flax-based composite is set to feature on many interior parts, in addition to some exterior parts. A mix of ‘sustainable materials including recycled PET bottles, reclaimed fishing nets and recycled cork vinyl’ was also a feature seen on the Precept that Polestar aims to bring into production.
Speaking of production, the new Precept is to be made in a new production facility in Chengdu, the place where Polestar is already based. Continuing on the environmental theme, the firm aims for the factory to be carbon neutral, in addition to being ‘one of the most intelligent and connected automotive production facilities in the world.’
No word yet on when exactly this concept car will be made a reality, but sources have been claiming that the new Polestar Precept will enter production as the Polestar 4. Thus following the firm’s naming convention, it does beg the question as to what will be the Polestar 3?
PRESS RELEASE: Polestar has confirmed it will put the Precept into production. Revealed earlier this year, the Polestar Precept started life as a manifesto to illustrate the brand’s future vision and was described as a commitment car, not a concept car.
Showcasing the Swedish electric performance brand’s future design direction, Precept also highlights Polestar’s path for digital technology and the use of innovative sustainable materials, inside and out.
“‘Stunning. Spectacular. Cutting-edge. We’d like to see it on the road!’ – this is what the press wrote about Precept and the public said, ‘We want it’, so we decided to build it,” comments Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO.
“Consumers want to see change from this industry – not just dreams. Now, Precept becomes an even stronger statement. We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our cars and our business. The aim has to be climate neutrality, even though I recognize that is a long-term goal.”
The interior of Polestar Precept features a mix of sustainable materials including recycled PET bottles, reclaimed fishing nets and recycled cork vinyl. A flax-based composite, developed by external partner Bcomp Ltd., is featured in many interior and some exterior parts. Polestar’s ambition is to bring much of this sustainability into production.
With product development underway, Polestar confirms it will produce Precept in China, where a new production facility will be established. The aim is to ensure the facility will be carbon neutral and one of the most intelligent and connected automotive production facilities in the world.
This climate-positive narrative was started by Polestar’s original manufacturing facility in Chengdu where the Polestar 1 is produced. Inaugurated in 2019, the Polestar Production Centre became the first LEED Gold-rated automotive production facility in China and runs on 100% renewable energy.
“China is a home market for Polestar and we recognize the increasingly important drive for greater sustainability here,” continues Ingenlath, speaking at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition 2020. “With this new factory, we will again raise the bar, aiming to produce the most advanced and premium electric car in China with the lowest carbon footprint.”