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The Polestar Precept is a vision into the future for the automaker, so it should hardly come as a surprise that the car is full of environmentally sustainable materials.
Intended to be shown off at the Geneva Motor Show this month, the global Covid-19 pandemic meant that the show was canceled. So, Polestar decided to show the car off at home in Gothenburg, from a responsibly social distance.
According to Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar’s CEO, the car isn’t just some pie-in-the-sky concept, it’s a promise of what’s to come.
“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,” said Ingenlath. “Precept showcases our future, not as a fancy dream or something out of a sci-fi movie. This is our reality, to come.”
The Precept, as you might expect, is therefore totally electric. But the concept is less about range (which Polestar has not included) and more about the technology that makes the drive easier.
Technology like a 15-inch infotainment screen that features eye-tracking technology to make what you’re looking at become bigger on the screen; Video streaming services that become available when you’re parked; welcome and farewell light sequences inspired by astronomical events; roof-mounted LiDAR for autonomous driving technology; a rear-facing camera instead of a back window; and more.
The design has carefully designed to cater to the electric drivetrain and the occupants. The panoramic roof has been moved farther back—a benefit of having no rear window, suicide doors have been installed for easy access, and aerodynamics have been made a priority.
A smaller grille is a result of the EV’s new relationship to air. Freed from the need to inhale like ICE engines, the Precept can manage the air more aerodynamically, with a wing upfront that creates a laminar flow, helping the Precept slip through the air. And the long wheelbase means more room for batteries and passengers.
Once inside, you’re greeted by a vegan interior. To save weight, Polestar has also filled the interior with composites. These “Bcomp” materials don’t just reduce the weight of the interior by 50%, they reduce the use of virgin plastics by 80%.
The carpets are made from recycled fishing nets, the seat-bolsters are made of of a cork-based vinyl that’s made from recycled wine-corks, and the rest of the seats are made out of a 3D-knitted materials made from old water bottles.
Expect to see new models looking more and more like this in the future.