Production of the Polestar 1 will gear up by mid-2019, with the all-electric Polestar 2 available to the market by late 2019. The company plans to build a maximum of 500 cars each year at its new production center in Chengdu, China.

van der Putten is confident that the automotive industry will remedy challenges associated with widespread use of CFRP. He notes that pricing is one barrier, but expects the cost of raw materials to decrease in the future. In addition, he believes the industry will figure out how to meet demands for higher volumes.

“Composite parts will make it to high-volume applications,” says van der Putten. “The demand and drive for us to make cars lighter is becoming more and more persistent. We are actively developing techniques and solutions to make this possible.”