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Volvo sub-brand Polestar to start production of Android-powered Precept EV

Electric vehicle (EV) maker Polestar has announced that its new Precept electric car will enter into production at a new carbon-neutral facility in China. The Precept was originally revealed as a concept car back in February.

If you are not familiar with the brand, Polestar started out as the performance sub-brand of Volvo. It is jointly owned by Volvo and its parent company Geely. In recent years, Polestar it has emerged as one of the most exciting Chinese Electric Vehicle companies in the market.

The company recently started delivering its electric sedan, the Polestar 2 to markets in North America and Europe. The automaker has also teased a deep integration of Android Automotive, Google’s native infotainment system, in the Precept.

For the uninitiated Android Automotive, promises to not just handle messages, music playback and navigation like a mobile operating system but also control vehicle functions like the air conditioning. 

According to a report from The Verge, the EV is supposed to be able to recognise the driver as they approach the vehicle and get their favourite apps and setting automatically. It is also said to use Google Assistant for accepting voice commands, even those issued in different languages though there is no word of how many it would support.

Polestar is expected to place more emphasis on video streaming in the car. Though it would be tempting to watch our favourite shows on the road, we imagine this would only be used when the vehicle is parked or being charged.

There is still no word as to when exactly the Precept will go into production. We also don’t know other details of the upcoming EV like its price, battery size and usable range. 

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Polestar has doubled down on its commitment to sustainability with the EV set to use recycled materials. The interior panels and back seats are made of “flax-based composites while the seats have been 3D-knitted from recycled PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles. Even the bolsters and headrests are constructed from recycled cork vinyl and its carpets are made from reclaimed fishing nets.

So what do you think of Precept and the concepts that drove its creation? Would this convince you to give EVs a try? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.


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