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Innovative materials from Polestar reduce plastic content, cut weight and could improve crash behaviour for interior panels.

13 Feb 2020 | International News : Sweden

Polestar is working with specialists in the field to reduce weight, cut plastic content and lessen waste material with innovative natural and recycled source materials for future car interiors.

Polestar is working with industry leaders from the wine and fishing industries to incorporate recycled PVC into the interior componentry of its cars
One such innovation is Bcomp's revolutionary powerRibs and ampliTex technology, which could turn natural fibres into lightweight and safety-conscious interior panels for future production models within the Polestar range.

The composite utilises flax, which differs from many bio-materials as it is both ideal for use in crop rotation programmes and does not directly compete with food crops.

With up to 50% reduction in overall weight and an 80% reduction in plastic content compared to traditional interior panels, Bcomp enables a significant weight saving by not only being stronger, but also lighter than traditional plastics used in car interiors.

The wine and fishing industries can also contribute towards Polestar's quest for full-circle sustainability, with cork and fishing nets being recycled and incorporated within car interiors. Waste material from the cork manufacturing process and even whole bottle stoppers can be integrated into polyvinyl chloride - better known as PVC - interior componentry.

The innovations sit atop the expected Gold LEED rating for the firm's Chengdu plant, reinforcing its commitment to sustainability
Recycled Nylon 6, derived from discarded fishing nets, can be turned into woven carpets and is gathered through an international collection network to infinitely regenerate this material and accept returned end-of-life products from customers and consumers.

These advances in interior technology build on the brand's sustainability message already highlighted by the standard vegan interior in the Polestar 2.

They also reinforce the brand's commitment to meaningful sustainability in all that it does, including the expected Gold LEED-rated Chengdu manufacturing plant.
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