Polestar introduced that its O2 electrical roadster idea has graduated to a manufacturing mannequin because the Polestar 6, with meeting anticipated to kick off in 2026.
The O2, which was first unveiled earlier this yr, was initially designed to showcase the automaker’s bonded aluminum platform, which Polestar produces in-house, in addition to some quirkier options like an built-in drone for aerial filming. The roadster is the corporate’s second idea to get upgraded to an official manufacturing mannequin after Polestar stated it was remodeling its Principle idea into the Polestar 5 in 2024.
The Swedish firm, which is a three way partnership between Volvo and its Chinese language mother or father firm Geely, at the moment solely has one accessible mannequin: the Polestar 2 electrical fastback sedan. The Polestar 3, an electrical crossover SUV, is anticipated to be revealed in late 2021. The fourth car can be anticipated to be an SUV, and the Polestar 5 can be a four-door sedan with a hatchback within the rear.
The Polestar O2 shares quite a lot of design traits with the Principle, together with sharp-looking traces and a lighting signature that displays the corporate’s Volvo origins. The car’s physique is low and broad with an aggressive stance and a compact cabin orientation, which Polestar calls “traditional sports activities automobile proportions” with a extra fashionable electrical really feel.
The Polestar 5 and 6 can be constructed on the identical 800-volt structure that ought to allow ultra-fast charging when plugged right into a DC quick charger. As well as, the O2 can have an output of as much as 884 horsepower (650kW) and 663 lb-ft (900Nm) from a twin motor powertrain, a focused 0–62mph (0–100km/h) dash time of three.2 seconds, and a high velocity of 155mph (250km/h).
Despite the fact that the Polestar 6 received’t be going into manufacturing till 2026, the corporate is already inviting prospects to order a construct spot by logging into the Polestar web site beginning immediately, August sixteenth. And to have fun the launch, Polestar is producing 500 numbered items of a particular “LA Idea” model of the roadster, full with a sky-blue exterior, leather-based inside, and distinctive 21-inch wheels of the unique Polestar O2 idea.
The Polestar 6 is certain to hold over most of the O2 idea’s environmental bonafides. The inside was created from a brand new thermoplastic mono-material — on this case, a recycled polyester to be used as the only materials for all of the delicate inside parts, resembling seat foam, adhesive, 3D knit fibers, and non-woven lamination. Polestar has stated this simplifies recycling and represents a step towards “larger circularity” whereas additionally decreasing weight and waste.
However we’ll have to attend to see if a few of the idea’s extra outlandish options, just like the built-in cinematic drone, make it into manufacturing. The concept was that house owners may use the drone to movie themselves as they drive alongside a twisty mountain highway, for instance. In different phrases, it’s designed to be deployed whereas the automobile is shifting and to document driving sequences.
The drone — which is an idea, too — was developed in collaboration with Aerofugia’s client electronics model Hoco Stream. (Aerofugia is the corporate that was fashioned after Geely acquired Boston-based electrical vertical takeoff and touchdown startup Terrafugia.)