Volvo’s new electric model, the Polestar 2, is taking on Tesla with its vegan-friendly interior.

According to Motortrend, the Polestar 2 will have both leather and vegan interior options. The sustainable car’s interior also features sustainable materials, including recycled plastic bottles, fishing nets, and a flax seed-based composite. According to the company, this composite can reduce plastic materials in its interior panels by 80 percent.

The new vehicle—equipped with a 78 kWh battery pack—can also perform. It accelerates from zero to 60mph in under five seconds.

Even Teslaratti—Tesla’s own news and reviews site—acknowledged that the Polestar 2 is a worthy rival for the brand.

“It should be noted that the Polestar 2 is something more than a competitor for the Model 3. It is a well-rounded vehicle produced by an experienced carmaker that is unashamedly electric; and this, it is more of threat to gasoline-powered cars than it is to other EVs on the market,” notes Teslaratti.

Volvo Takes on Tesla With an All-Vegan Electric Car
The Polestar 2 has a vegan interior option. | Polestar Cars

A ‘New Era’ of Cars

The publication adds that when automotive companies support each other to design new electric vehicles, they can help to transform the market.

In the past, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has explained that he is not working against other electric car companies, but with them to create a more sustainable industry; he even released the patent for Tesla cars in a blog post in 2014.

“Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced,” he wrote. “But rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day.

In 2019, Nissan unveiled a new potential future electric design featuring vegan leather.