📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ September 28, 2020 ____________________________________________________________
➤ Pre-production development underway | New production facility planned | No further details yet.
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Polestar has confirmed it will put the four-door Precept GT concept revealed in February of this year into production.
The Polestar Precept GT started life as a manifesto to illustrate the brand’s future vision and was described as a commitment car, not a concept car. It was intended to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, but we all know what happened to that.
Showcasing the Swedish electric performance brand’s future design direction, Precept also highlights Polestar’s path for digital technology and the use of innovative sustainable materials, inside and out.
“ ‘Stunning’. ‘Spectacular’. ‘Cutting-edge’. ‘We’d like to see it on the road!’ Such was the reaction from the motoring press when it was revealed – and the public said ‘We want it’, so we decided to build it,” comments Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO, former Head of Design at Volvo.
“Consumers want to see change from this industry – not just dreams. Now, Precept becomes an even stronger statement. We are committed to reduce the environmental impact of our cars and our business. The aim has to be climate neutrality, even though I recognise that is a long-term goal.”
The interior of Polestar Precept features a mix of sustainable materials including recycled PET bottles, reclaimed fishing nets and recycled cork vinyl. A flax-based composite developed by Swiss partner Bcomp Ltd is featured in many interior and some exterior parts. Polestar’s ambition is to bring much of this sustainability into production.
With product development now underway, Polestar confirms it will produce Precept in China, where a new production facility will be built. The aim is to ensure the facility will be carbon neutral and one of the most intelligent and connected automotive production facilities in the world.
This climate-positive narrative was started by Polestar’s original manufacturing facility in Chengdu where the Polestar 1 is produced for all global markets – except the UK or EU. Inaugurated in 2019, the Polestar Production Centre became the first LEED Gold-rated automotive production facility in China and runs on 100% renewable energy.
“China is a home market for Polestar and we recognise the increasingly important drive for greater sustainability here,” said Ingenlath, speaking at the 2020 Beijing motor show. “With this new factory, we will again raise the bar, aiming to produce the most advanced and premium electric car in China with the lowest carbon footprint.”
There is no word yet on when production of the Precept GT is expected to commence and Polestar also declined to release relevant specs such as price, battery size, range, and motor configuration.