Polestar Precept: From Concept to Car, Episode 2
Modern challenges sometimes have traditional solutions.
Take car design, for example. Digital renderings, photorealistic 3D models, and software such as Autodesk Alias and ICEM Surf are all highly advanced tools that automotive designers have at their disposal. Despite their complexity and modernity, however, they can’t account for everything. What’s needed, ironically enough, isn’t the latest software, but rather a material that’s been in use for almost 30,000 years.
Scale models of cars, made from clay, allow a number of different possibilities. The clay’s pliable nature makes it easy to change, add, or take away. The models allow for much more hands-on brainstorming and collaboration, allowing multiple people to see the entire vehicle from various angles at the same time. It also forces designers to see the big picture; focusing too tightly on small details is a common issue when using digital methods.
Hear from the Precept’s clay modellers in episode two of “Polestar Precept: From Concept to Car”, fittingly titled “The clay model”, here.
Polestar joins the Responsible Business Alliance
Cars are complex products. As such, each car can be seen as the culmination of countless hours of precise labour; a successful merging of components, technologies, and expertise that enable the manufacture of such intricate machines. The system that realises this culmination is the supply chain.
Polestar sustainability report 2021
Accountability is key. To combat the growing tide of greenwashing, greenhushing, and all the other buzzwords that denote a lack of transparency around sustainability work, we need to hold each other responsible. Successes and failures need to be communicated. Questions need to be asked and answers demanded. We need hard data when it comes to exactly what it is we’re doing, and what we have left to do. And when requiring these things from others, we can’t forget ourselves.
The Hydro chair: a glimpse into the future
Many have tried to imagine what the future might look like. Flying cars, holograms, and interstellar travel have all been considered. And a lot of silver and grey, for some reason. When we try to envision a sustainable future, though, it tends to look a bit different. Greener. Now, that vision has been realised in the shape of the chair. One that’s both silver and green.