For eco-friendly car lovers, this may be the most exciting news of the week. After all, it isn’t every day Volvo announces an electric car. Even more unique is the fact that this car features a 100 percent vegan interior. That’s right, vegan.
The all-new 2021 Polestar 2 will soon be launching as a 600-horsepower plug-in hybrid roadster. This Tesla Model 3 rival made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show and is Volvo’s first fully electric vehicle. While official range numbers aren’t available yet, Polestar estimates this car can travel 275 miles on a single charge.
No Animals Harmed
Though nearly all cars are outfitted with a synthetic interior, the Polestar 2 takes things a step further. This new hybrid pairs clean surfaces and great attention to detail with an animal-friendly mindset.
The cabin materials may look like sumptuous, expensive leathers. However, don’t let the pretty looks fool you. According to Maximilian Missoni, Polestar’s head of design, “We have designed a standard vegan interior with progressive textiles.”
So, for fans of the vegan lifestyle, the new Polestar 2 will be a welcome treat. Add in the fact that nothing is sacrificed to make the interior vegan-friendly and this car becomes even more of a winner. While it may seem strange, the move towards a more Earth-minded design process follows other electric car companies (like Tesla) as the entire industry evolves.
Technology Packed, Performance Driven
The vegan interior isn’t the only thing the Polestar 2 brings to the table. It will be the first of Volvo’s cars to feature the new Google Android-based infotainment system. Housed inside of a stunning 11-inch display, drivers will have an array of apps, navigation tools, and music options at their fingertips.
When it comes to replenishing the battery, Volvo says that the Polestar 2 will utilize a “smart, convenient and extensive approach to charging.” This includes strategic collaborations that will give drivers easy, hassle-free access to the world’s largest public charging networks. The problem of charging has been a major glitch in the electric car industry, so this approach may help make the car more mainstream-friendly.
Finally, the car will be powered by a 78kWh battery and a pair of electric motors, one on each axle. These motors will deliver a total of 408 horsepower and allow the Polestar 2 to accelerate to 62 mph in less than five seconds. Based on what we know so far, this stacks up well with competitors like the Tesla Model 3 and Mercedes-Benz EQC.
While this is certainly exciting news, many consumers look forward to seeing what else 2019 brings in regard to the ever-expanding electric car niche, as well as advancing technology and its integration with the driving experience.