First look at the Polestar O₂ concept: A hard-top roadster convertible with an autonomous drone built in

by Scooter Doll

Swedish EV brand Polestar has provided further evidence of its break from the DNA of parent Volvo Cars, unveiling its second concept vehicle, the Polestar O₂.

The light, rigid platform was something we discussed with both Maximilian Missoni, Polestar’s head of design, and head of Polestar US, Gregor Hembrough, during the concept unveiling in Beverly Hills yesterday.

According to the Swedish automaker, it has built upon the design language of the Precept and taken it a step further… or perhaps closer since the O₂ has a shorter wheelbase.

As a hard-top convertible, Polestar describes its new concept as a roadster, showcasing the quality and rigidity of its modular aluminum platform.

Polestar’s head of design, Missoni followed with, “talking about gimmicks,” and pointed out the O₂ concept’s built in drone that can deploy while the EV is driving at a relatively low speed. So Polestar is allowing for at least on conceptual gimmick, but at least it’s cool as hell.

Polestar explained that its engineers developed a specialized aerofoil that raises behind the rear seats to create an area of negative pressure. The magnet holding the drone then releases, allowing it to take off when the car is in motion and automatically shadow at speeds up to 56 mph (90 km/h). After filming, the drone can autonomously return to the car too.