“Volvo’s vegan-friendly electric model, the Polestar 2, is taking on Tesla with its brand new design.
According to the Tribune, the new five-door car – which is set to be available from 2020 – is a potential competitor for Tesla Model 3.
Underneath a panoramic glass roof, the interior of the Polestar 2 is completely vegan. 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 – admits 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.
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 the spirit of sustainability, vegan interior design is a growing trend for new electric vehicles. Like Polestar, earlier this year, Nissan unveiled a new potential future electric design featuring vegan leather.