The Swedish EV maker Polestar has been granted a new patent regarding its upcoming hard-top convertible Polestar O₂. The patent includes eight drawings of the new design claiming the ornamental design of the steering wheel projected to be used on the upcoming roadster Polestar O₂.
Earlier this month, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath told TopGear his ambition to move on with the concept bringing it to the production level saying he’s “100 per cent sure the guys in the UK team and our tuning specialists in Gothenburg will make an enjoyable car for drivers”.
The author of the patent, Benjamnin Pérot, joined the Swedish EV maker in May 2021 and has been leading the interior design on Polestar’s first SUV, the Polestar 3 model — that arrives in October — and also the O2 concept unveiled earlier this year.
Prior to that, Pérot worked for over 5 years to Volvo where he was responsible for many projects namely the Volvo Recharge Concept.
Polestar CEO told TopGear, “You have to respect the complexity. We have to see where the O2 is going. When you’ve painted a painting, it’s always good to let it rest, and look at it after a couple of months and still see if it’s a good painting. The question then is how that thing drives, and I’m 100 per cent sure the guys in the UK team and our tuning specialists in Gothenburg will make [the Polestar 5] an enjoyable car for drivers. That it really handles, how precisely it settles, how precise it is in the steering.”
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The current steering wheel used on Polestar 2 model is vegan-friendly made with WeaveTech material providing “the perfect balance of strength and durability, accented by the matte Charcoal look and feel, with high gloss black buttons and the brand’s symbol,” Polestar says.
Polestar revealed in early March the hard-top convertible named Polestar O2 featuring an autonomous cinematic drone integrated. Developed in collaboration with Aerofugia’s consumer electronics brand Hoco Flow, the concept drone can be deployed while the car is moving, to record the perfect driving sequence.
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The company is getting ready to expand its retail network in China with the opening of three new showrooms — Polestar Spaces, as they are known — until the end of July. The minimalist stores will be named Polestar Shanghai Darongcheng, Polestar Beijing Jinyuan Xinyansha, and Polestar Hainan Space.
Earlier this week, during Automotive News Europe Congress held in Prague, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath announced the automaker’s first SUV Polestar 3 will cost between €75,000 euros and €110,000 in Europe before any EV incentives. The model will feature a dual-motor drivetrain and a large battery, with a range target of over 600 km (WLTP).
Customers will be able to order Polestar 3 in initial launch markets from the day of the premiere and the production is expected to begin in early 2023 in the United States and China. The Swedish EV maker expects to sell 24,000 units of the model worldwide in 2023, increasing by 43,00 units to 67,000 in 2024 and 77,000 in 2025.
On Monday, Polestar announced it has delivered about 21,200 vehicles in the first six months of 2022, reiterating its annual guidance of 50,000 units. For the second half of the year, the company expects to deliver about 28,800 vehicles, a rate of pace of 4,800 units per month.