"Precept is a statement, a vision of what Polestar stands for and the relevance of the brand," comments Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar. "The car is a response to the clear challenges currently facing our society and industry. This is not some distant dream of the future". Rather, the Polestar Precept is a preview of future vehicles and shows that the Nordic brand is focusing on innovation to further reduce environmental impact. As you would expect from Polestar, the Precept is minimalist, sporty and with clean lines.
Polestar Precept: aerodynamic efficiency and well-thought-out interior
The brand indicates that the Polestar Precept gives a foretaste of future Polestar models. The proportions of the car define its shape based on a restrained surface and a focus on aerodynamic efficiency. A 3.1-metre wheelbase gives the stunning four-door Grand Tourer a very low, slim silhouette, yet still provides enough room for a large battery, while at the same time providing enough legroom and headroom for passengers in the front.
The radiator grille is now considered a superfluous area, especially for electric vehicles, but is now becoming the centre for safety sensors and driver assistance functions. Two radar sensors and a high-resolution camera are located behind a transparent panel for intelligent hardware. The LIDAR pod mounted on the glass roof provides optimal visibility to improve driver assistance systems.
The aerodynamics of the Precept has been redesigned from the ground up to greatly improve the efficiency and range of the vehicle. Firstly, instead of using conventional side mirrors, the Precept uses cameras, each of which extends outwards along an aerodynamic arm. An integrated front wing is also designed to accelerate the airflow over the long bonnet. This will allow air to stick to the surface earlier.
The interior of the Polestar Precept has also been redesigned. Instead of traditional rear-view mirrors, you will find a digital screen. The picture is taken by a wide-angle camera at the rear of the car. The absence of a traditional rear window means that the glass roof of the Polestar Precept extends behind the rear seat. The tailgate itself has been equipped with a larger opening and higher mounted hinges to facilitate access.
Sustainability as an important pillar for Polestar's future
Electric cars must be completely thought through in order to get on the road as sustainably as possible. Polestar shows how it can work. The interior of Precept is sustainable, based on new materials and processes. Likewise, the development of the user interface is based on current partnerships, for example with Google, and guarantees the concentration of technical expertise in various areas in the vehicle.
The Precept knows how to demonstrate that despite modern high-tech luxury in the interior, there is no need to do without new, sustainable interior materials with reduced environmental impact. In cooperation with experts in this field, Polestar is increasingly working on reducing the weight of the vehicles, reducing the use of plastic and replacing waste material with innovative natural and recycled raw materials. The seats are knitted in 3D from recycled PET bottles, the upholstery and headrests from recycled cork vinyl, while the carpets are made from recycled fishing nets. These elements, combined with digital avant-garde, define a new premium luxury that surpasses the previous conventions of leather, wood and chrome.
Polestar and Google jointly develop the interior of the Precept
Together with Google, Polestar is bringing the next generation of the Android-based infotainment system to Precept. The operating system is presented on an enlarged 15-inch touchscreen in the middle, which complements the 12.5-inch driver's display. Both are connected by an illuminated frame that covers the entire interior. However, a special eye-catcher in the interior is certainly the characteristic Polestar emblem, which holographically floats in a massive piece of Swedish crystal between the headrests of the rear seats.
"The aesthetics of Polestar Precept are based on the latest technology and not on historical references in the automotive industry. At Polestar we see technology as a pioneer, as a tool for solving the problems of our society, and we have transferred this attitude into new design principles. The combination of sustainable materials and intelligent high-tech systems opens a completely new chapter in avant-garde luxury design and clearly shows the direction Polestar is moving in". - Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar
The display supports the further development of a personalized and dynamic digital interface and also contains a number of intelligent sensors. Eye Tracking captures the driver's gaze and controls the content of the various screens accordingly. Proximity sensors also improve the usability of the middle display while driving.
Polestar launched in 2017 with the Polestar 1, a low-volume, high-performance hybrid GT with 609 hp, 1,000 Nm and an all-electric range of 124 km WLTP - the best value of a hybrid car in the world - according to the brand. In 2019, the Polestar 2 was presented as the first fully electric premium vehicle with a high production volume. In the future, the Polestar 3 will complement the portfolio as a fully electric high-performance SUV.
Source: Polestar - Press release 25 February 2019