Electric car manufacturer Polestar has introduced bio-attributed PVC Biovyn from supplier INEOS Inovyn into the MicroTech upholstery of its Polestar 3 sports utility vehicle (SUV).
MicroTech will use Biovyn to reduce the carbon footprint of the upholstery. Biovyn bio-attributed vinyl is made of renewable feedstock that does not compete with the food chain. It replaces fossil-based raw materials with renewable materials obtained from crude tall oil, a byproduct of coniferous tree pulping. According to Polestar, it has the same properties as traditional PVC but also enables a carbon footprint reduction of over 70%, and it is therefore the first PVC product certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.
Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, said, “The new model defines the heart of Polestar in terms of size, luxury, ambition and design. It features innovations throughout the vehicle, including MicroTech seat upholstery which is made from Biovyn.”
Maximillian Missoni, head of Polestar design, said, “We decided that we wouldn’t choose the easy way of quoting old paradigms of traditional car design. On this path, we asked ourselves how we could combine the benefits of vinyl upholsteries with a better process to achieve our sustainability target, and the solution is MicroTech.”
Geir Tuft, CEO of INEOS Inovyn, said, “It’s a great honor for our company to be associated with a brand as ambitious and forward-thinking as Polestar. This shows just how much the automotive industry is evolving and how INEOS Inovyn’s continuous innovation and investments in more sustainable processes and products are paying off.”