Polestar has announced that its O2 electric roadster concept has moved to a production model as the Polestar 6, with assembly expected to begin in 2026.
The O2, which was first unveiled earlier this year, was originally designed to feature the automaker’s bonded aluminum platform, which Polestar produces in-house, along with some quirkier features like an integrated drone for aerial filming. The roadster is the company’s second concept to be upgraded to an official production model after Polestar announced it was upgrading its Precept concept to the Polestar 5 in 2024.
The Swedish company, which is a joint venture between Volvo and its Chinese parent company Geely, currently only has one model available: the Polestar 2 electric fastback sedan. The Polestar 3, an electric crossover SUV, is expected to be unveiled in late 2021. The fourth vehicle is also expected to be an SUV, and the Polestar 5 will be a four-door hatchback with a hatchback.
The Polestar O2 shares many design traits with the Precept, including clean lines and a light signature that reflects the company’s Volvo origins. The vehicle’s body is low and wide with an aggressive stance and compact cabin orientation, what Polestar calls “classic sports car proportions” with a more modern electric feel.
The Polestar 5 and 6 will be built on the same 800-volt architecture which should enable ultra-fast charging when plugged into a DC fast charger. Additionally, the O2 will have up to 884 horsepower (650 kW) and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) from a twin-motor powertrain, a targeted 0-62 mph sprint time ( 0 to 100 km/h) of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Even though the Polestar 6 won’t go into production until 2026, the company is already inviting customers to reserve a build slot by logging into Polestar’s website starting today, August 16. And to celebrate the launch, Polestar is producing 500 numbered units of a special “LA Concept” version of the roadster, featuring a sky blue exterior, leather interior and unique 21-inch wheels from the original Polestar O2 concept.
The Polestar 6 is sure to carry over many of the environmental benefits of the O2 concept. The interior was made from a new thermoplastic mono-material – in this case a recycled polyester used as the sole material for all soft interior components, such as seat foam, adhesive, 3D knitted fibers and nonwoven lamination. Polestar said it made recycling easier and was a step towards “greater circularity” while reducing weight and waste.
But we’ll have to wait and see if some of the concept’s more outlandish features, like the built-in cinematic drone, make it into production. The idea was that owners could use the drone to film themselves when driving on a winding mountain road, for example. In other words, it is designed to be deployed while the car is in motion and to record driving footage.
The drone – which is also a concept – was developed in collaboration with Hoco Flow, Aerofugia’s consumer electronics brand. (Aerofugia is the company that was created after Geely acquired Terrafugia, a Boston-based electric vertical takeoff and landing startup.)