What is a Polestar SPOC Block and How Does It Work?
Polestar is a separate brand from its parent Volvo, but the 2021 Polestar 2 electric vehicle makes it Orrefors crystal clear that Polestar intends to offer customers the same elevated level of safety for which the venerable Swedish automaker is known. Take, for example, the Polestar SPOC Block technology that will reside in every 2021 Polestar 2.
When a pure-electric car crashes, battery safety is critical for occupants and for first responders. SPOC Block technology provides increased safety and security in that crucial area by offering unprecedented protection for the battery pack in one of the most common and deadly types of collisions — a severe partial offset crash.
In its pioneering research and development on the subject of partial offset crashes, Volvo found that small overlap crashes represented 48% of belted-occupant fatalities in frontal crashes in Sweden. This prompted the automaker to develop crash-test procedures that enable the company's engineers to better address small offset crashes and to build vehicles that better protect their occupants.
With that background, Volvo and now Polestar have engineered a new solution that protects occupants in two ways. First, it helps protect occupants from serious injuries caused by the forces involved in a severe partial offset crash. And next, it helps protect occupants and others from dangerous electric shock and fire danger should the force of the collision compromise the battery pack.
"Safety is of paramount importance for Polestar," Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar said in a statement announcing the technology. "We are directly linked to Volvo Cars and with that comes their famous reputation for outstanding safety technology. So, of course, Polestar cars are designed to be amongst the safest in the world and we are really proud of that."