- New colors, wheels and interior among design updates
- Carbon footprint reduced thanks to the use of renewable energy
- Numerous combined improvements increase range in all climates
- Expansion of blockchain traceability for ethical mining practices
Polestar 2, the award-winning electric car, is being updated with new solutions to minimize climate impact and increase material transparency. These combine with design, range and specification updates to allow for more bespoke selections and improved efficiency.
Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath, comments: “We have revisited the materials and processes that go into making Polestar 2, introducing updates that reduce climate impact and increase the material traceability of this award-winning car. These are important additions to how we can improve cars over their lifetime – not just with functionality and design updates but addressing sustainability and carbon footprint as well.”
Polestar’s batteries benefit from a partnership with traceability leader Circulor, which now includes blockchain accountability for mica in addition to cobalt, both of which are critical battery components of an electric car. The blockchain technology allows Polestar to trace risk minerals from material source to finished product to ensure ethical mining and manufacturing processes are employed. The aluminum tray that carries the battery casing for Polestar 2 will see a reduction in carbon emissions (CO2e) of 1,653lbs (750 kg) per car, thanks to the decision to only purchase aluminum for this component from suppliers that use renewable energy.
Fredrika Klarén, Polestar’s Head of Sustainability, says: “In our program updates we want to take action on improvements that can make a positive sustainability impact quickly, rather than traditional mid-cycle facelifts. Product optimization programs are common in the car industry, but we are taking an extended approach at Polestar, combining these with CO2e reduction programs as well. “A first pilot has been rolled out, replacing the aluminum in the wheels with low-carbon aluminum that is produced using renewable energy. We expect this to result in a 1,322lb (600 kg) CO2e reduction per car for Polestar 2 in the second half of the year. Together with the improvements to aluminum in the battery tray, we’re expecting to see a total reduction of around 2,976lbs (1,350kg) per car.”
Design updates bring new expressions to the Polestar 2. Polestar’s strategy for interior materials is to increase the use of renewable, recyclable and recycled components, and to always include a vegan upholstery option. In Polestar 2, an improved optional Nappa leather upholstery with greater sustainability credentials is now available.
“We require that all leather used in Polestar products must live up to the strictest standards for animal welfare and the Five Freedoms*, alongside being fully traceable and chrome-free,” continues Fredrika Klarén. “A new leather supplier, Bridge of Weir, meets our requirements**.”
The complete scope of design and feature updates includes:
- New exterior colors: Space (metallic black) and Jupiter (gold-grey with red flake)
- New designs for the standard 19-inch and optional 20-inch wheels
- New Zinc grey color for ventilated Nappa leather upholstery, available with a new Light Ash deco trim
- Removable sunshade for the panoramic glass roof (also available as an accessory for all Polestar 2 with glass roof)
- The mechanical heat pump (included in Plus Pack) has an improved optimal temperature range, now between 20°F and 77°F (-7°C and 25°C), increasing real-world vehicle range in adverse conditions.
- Introduction of an advanced cabin filter and upgraded interior particulate matter sensor with new in-car app that quantifies exterior air quality improvement in the cabin
North American pricing, range rating, and availability will be announced in the coming weeks.
Story & Image courtesy of Polestar