The electric performance car brand Polestar announced its collaboration with Bcomp as a part of next steps to reduce the carbon footprint of future production models. By using innovative materials such as Bcomp’s natural fibre composite solutions, Polestar can reduce plastic content and cut weight in its interior panels.
For Bcomp, the collaboration with Polestar brings together two brands with shared values towards sustainability and marks an important step into the large-scale automotive industry.
“Polestar shares our passion and obsession for marrying performance and sustainability, and they have the courage and drive to make future mobility happen right now. Thanks to their unique and forward-thinking design approach, they make a difference and clearly demonstrate what tomorrow’s cars can look like”, says Christian Fischer, Bcomp CEO. “We are extremely proud to support them with our sustainable lightweighting material solutions and to be part of their exciting journey.”
Bcomp’s ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ technologies could turn natural fibres into lightweight, safety conscious interior panels for future Polestar production models, aligning well with Polestar’s commitment to build on meaningful sustainability in all it does, from electric powertrains, using innovative new materials, to promoting supply chain transparency through the implementation of blockchain technology.
From the Polestar press release:
“It’s clear that to be truly sustainable we have to evaluate every element that goes into our cars,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “For Polestar, sustainability is not just about the electric powertrain. With the development of these innovative new solutions that we will introduce in our future cars we make a strong statement of our intentions.”
“Importantly, we don’t need to sacrifice design and luxury with these materials,” says Maximilian Missoni, head of Design at Polestar. “If anything, they enable an even more premium, cutting-edge execution which elevates our design-led products. Using sustainable materials presents a positive challenge, giving new meaning to interior design. We are able to derive entirely new aesthetics from a new context and the related technologies, allowing society to move on.”
Polestar was established as a new, standalone Swedish premium electric vehicle manufacturer in 2017. Founded by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding, Polestar enjoys specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefits from significant economies of scale as a result.
Polestar is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and its vehicles are currently available and on the road in markets across Europe, North America, China and Asia Pacific. By 2023, the company plans that its cars will be available in an aggregate of 30 markets. Polestar cars are currently manufactured in two facilities in China, with additional future manufacturing planned in the USA.