We did it. We bit the bullet, ripped off the bandage, and broke up with the conventions of the auto industry. And it’s like a weight has been lifted. We’re finally free to dive in with both feet and follow our ambitions, unfettered by tradition, unhindered by legacy.
We have a long to-do list. Now’s the time to start ticking things off, starting with these three:
1. Going All Electric: This is our first move. The Polestar 2 is our statement of intent: a premium vehicle, packed with design and technological innovations, which is entirely electric. We believe in electrification, and we’re all in.
2. Thinking Outside the Box: Next, we’re going to broaden our horizons by forming new partnerships and collaborating outside the industry. Like how we solved our issue with the user interface, for example.
3. Automotive Retail: Then, we’re tackling retail. We’re realising a number of ambitions with our approach, which will restore the joy to the whole purchasing process.
We’re not planning to dwell on the break-up. We’ve talked about our reasons for it and why we had to move on, which you can read about in detail the journals below. We’re moving on, we’re moving up, and we’re leading by example. We always knew there was a better way. Now, we’re going to show the world.
The Overview Effect: a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. Those who have experienced it describe a new understanding of the uniqueness, fragility, and relative smallness of our one and only home. And while it’s easy to imagine the impact this must have; it seems that spaceflight is a prerequisite. Which is why we sat down with Karen Nyberg.
A core principle of sustainability is future-proofing. Keeping items in use saves energy and reduces waste, as they’re thrown away or replaced less often. There are any number of ways to ensure a product doesn’t become obsolete. Durable materials. Timeless design. And OTA software updates, like the latest one available for Polestar 2.
The most innovative ideas are brought about through creative collaboration. Ideas that have the power to change; to revolutionise the status quo and spark social and environmental change. By connecting thoughts, experiences, skills, and intuition, visionary endeavours, like design, can be elevated from good to great.