Whenever we think of affordable roadsters and convertibles, cars like the Mazda MX-5 easily come to mind. But with the auto industry shifting towards EVs, there aren't that many that offer zero emissions. Sure there's the Tesla Roadster, but that will only begin production in 2023.
Polestar is one other brand that is set to deliver an open-top driving experience with zero-emissions mobility. Say hello to the O₂ Concept. Billed by the company as the model that will redefine sports roadsters of the future, this is one sexy-looking electric droptop.
"Polestar O₂ is the hero car for our brand. It opens the door to our secret chamber of future potential. This is a taste of what we can design and engineer with the talent and technology we have in-house. It looks incredible, and being able to lower the roof and not hear an engine promises a superb sensation," said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar.
Featuring a low and wide body with an assertive stance, the O₂ concept has minimal overhangs, a relatively long wheelbase, and sleek looks. The platform itself is made from bespoke bonded aluminum which was derived from the Polestar 5. With its lightweight and rigid construction, Polestar claims the O₂ concept will deliver tight body control and intuitive driving dynamics.
Style-wise, it gets a low-slung front end that features L-shaped daytime running lights, muscular wheel arches, well-defined bumpers, a sloping hardtop, massive alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile tires, and distinct LED taillights.
"This car is a meeting point between technology and art, between precision and sculpture, with a determined but not aggressive stance," said Maximilian Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar.
Also worth mentioning is its interior. Instead of a traditional two-seater layout, Polestar was able to fit a 2+2 seating configuration. That means you can have two extra companions when going on a road trip. Despite its sporty looks, Polestar made sure the O₂ concept is sustainable and eco-friendly.
It makes use of recycled polyester which is the sole material on all the soft components of the interior. This includes the foam, adhesive, 3D knit fibers, and non-woven lamination. Not only does this simplify recycling, but it also reduces weight and waste.
Polestar has yet to say whether the O₂ concept will actually become a production vehicle. However, the company plans to launch three new cars over the next 3 years, starting in 2022. Hopefully, one of those cars is the production version of the Polestar O₂ concept.