The Swedes know design. The Precept’s exterior design is a perfect example of function blending with form. All decisions made in designing the car considered both of those tenets, function and form to create a very aerodynamic four-door sedan. The design language of the Precept is the first that really breaks free from Volvo with some small nods to the company’s Volvo heritage.
Starting at the front of the car we can see a resemblance in the headlights, the affectionately called “Thor’s Hammer” headlights are evolved on the Precept and exaggerated. The front end sports a wing that increases laminar flow and contributes to overall increased range -- an important consideration for an electric vehicle. Beneath the wing and the headlights, where a combustion vehicle would have a grill we find the Smart Zone. The Smart Zone houses the lidar sensors and cameras used for the car’s assisted driving features. Thomas Ingenlath (Polestar CEO) aptly frames it as, “cars go from breathing, to seeing”.
Moving to the side of the car you can see futuristic cameras that act as side mirrors that give the driver even more visibility than a standard mirror. The door handles sit flush into the actual door, and the windows are also completely flush creating an even more aerodynamic body. From the side you notice the long wheelbase of the car which allows for more battery cells to sit underneath the car. The Precept sits on the SPA2 platform which will be used for a few different Volvo and Polestar models. At the base of the doors on either are more SmartZones that are labeled as such. These SmartZones look for traffic adjacent to the car. There are air ducts behind both the front and rear wheels that increase laminar flow and help to cool brakes, and release pressure from the wheelhouse. The car sits on massive 22-inch rims which look pretty futuristic and cool.
The roof is panoramic glass that spans from the windshield over the rear passengers head about a foot. From the inside this gives the illusion of more head space. The Precept doesn’t have a rear windshield, instead it uses another camera to provide a rear view, this allows for a larger boot as well. Sitting on the roof of the car is also a LIDAR pod that gives good 360 degree visibility for the car. The body of the car is a matte finish paint with high gloss accents.
There are so many great little touches to the Precept as well, including startup and turn off light sequences that are designed and “inspired by astronomical events”. As well as the use of type on the exterior of the car to denote SmartZones and their functions.
Potentially the most forward-thinking element of the Precept is it’s vegan interior. Their sustainability goal is most evidenced inside the car. The interior uses 4 different recycled materials. The seats use what’s called “3D-Knit” which is a yarn that’s made from recycled PET bottles. What they’re able to do is use one strand of yarn to create the whole entire seat cover exactly, removing excess. Recycled cork is converted into “cork-based vinyl” for the seat bolsters and head rests. The floor mats are created with Nylon 6 which is made from recycled fishing nets. Third, powerRibs are made using woven flax fibres, these fibers provide structure to panel elements throughout the interior. They’ve left them exposed to show their rigidity, and strength. Each of the panels are backlit and create a sort of x-ray experience. The composite materials used throughout the interior reduce the the weight 50% and reduce plastic use by 80%.
The Precept’s long wheel base allows for a spacious interior for four people with ample leg room in both the front and rear seats. The carriage-style doors also help to make the interior feel more like a spacious room. The seats look futuristic but not overdone, they’re accented with nice yellow seat belts.