Sustainability updates for Polestar — Motoringnz

For the Polestar 2, mid-cycle updates have been announced that affect the overall design and improve the car’s eco credentials.

Exactly when the changes in the ‘sustainability update’ will affect the New Zealand market editions of the Volvo-designed, China-manufactured and Geely-built car remains uncertain.

In the revamp, the company has rethought some of the materials used in making the model with the aim of making the car and its manufacturing processes both more environmentally friendly and ethically responsible.

Among the new measures are improved traceability of the mica and cobalt used in Polestar’s batteries and the decision to use only ‘low-carbon’ aluminum from smelters that use only renewable energy.

The company says it will now use both a low-carbon aluminum battery tray and low-carbon aluminum wheels, resulting in a saving of 1350kg of CO2 per car during production.

“In our program updates, we want to take action for improvements that can quickly have a positive impact on sustainability, rather than traditional mid-cycle facelifts.

“Product optimization programs are common in the automotive industry, but at Polestar we take a comprehensive approach, also combining them with CO2 reduction programs,” said Frederika Klaren, Polestar’s head of sustainability.

A new leather supplier, the Scottish company Bridge of Weir, is also supplying ‘vegan’ leather of ethical origin for Polestar’s interiors.

In addition to the materials, there are several design adjustments. Magnesium (a type of silver) is now the default default color with two new hues, Jupiter and Space (silver gray and black, respectively) in the color palette. There are also new designs for the standard 19-inch and optional 20-inch wheels, while the interior also gets a small selection of new upholstery and trim options.

There will also be a removable sunshade for the panoramic glass roof, while the heat pump has been made more efficient thanks to an optimization of the temperature settings.

The battery in the Polestar 2 with one motor from the standard range now, thanks to the revised cell chemistry, has a capacity of 69 kWh with a range of up to 474 km and a power of 172 kW on tap.

Longer range versions with 78 kWh batteries have a range of 542 km and 482 km respectively, depending on whether the long-haul single-motor version or the less efficient long-haul two-motor version is chosen.

While the company currently only has one model for sale, more will follow with the Polestar 3 sports utility coming later this year with more models to follow.

Sustainability updates for Polestar — Motoringnz

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