Polestar’s shift into an electric-vehicle maker mimics parent company Volvo’s commitment to progressively electrify its product line. With its two emissions-free production models—the 1 coupe and the 2 fastback—the brand sees itself diving deep into research-and-development efforts for EVs. Clearly proving that goal to further EV technology is the Precept concept car you see here.
The word precept is defined as “a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action.” This name was chosen by Polestar to signify its primary purpose as a performance EV specialist. The manufacturer claims that the Precept takes on social and industrial challenges, chief among which is reducing the impact of EV development on the environment.
The Precept is touted as the template for Polestar’s future products. The sleek four-door grand tourer is designed to be aerodynamic. The low-slung fastback is equipped with front and rear wings to reduce as much drag as possible, which is crucial to maximizing the available range from the electric powertrain.
It’s smart, too. The cavity where a radiator grille would normally be now houses sensors that feed into a slew of electronic driver aids. LIDAR receivers as well as high-definition cameras seem to suggest that the Precept might have some autonomous driving capabilities likely based on existing systems such as Volvo’s Pilot Assist.
Polestar believes that the advancement of EV technology should also include making it sustainable. The firm has decked out the Precept’s cabin with composite materials made from recycled materials. Various elements of the interior are put together using plastic bottles, cork vinyl and used fishing nets. The company says that the use of such materials significantly reduces weight by up to 50% and cuts down plastic waste by as much as 80%.
Meanwhile, in collaboration with tech giant Google, the Precept’s human-machine interface is based on the Android operating system. Occupants interact with a huge 15-inch touch-sensitive display on the center console. There is no word yet if the system will get device integration for Apple users so iPhone owners may have to entertain themselves with a hologram of the Polestar logo between the rear seats.
No performance figures have been released, but if the Polestar 2 is anything to go by, expect a 0-100km/h time of 4.7 seconds and a range of 443km on a single charge. Polestar’s vision of the future will be displayed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.