Even though electric cars are getting the momentum as many countries across the globe are beginning to embrace green energy, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath made it known that even electric cars are still not as clean as they’re being portrayed to be.
Te company has however made its plans to make its electric cars completely climate neutral by 2030. The Polestar 0 project is the gate to that future.
For those unaware, the production of EVs still lead to the creation of CO2 despite the fact that Polestar makes battery electric cars with zero tailpipe emissions.
It comes as no surprise, that eliminating production emissions will be the main area of focus for Polestar as it seeks to build a climate neutral EV.
This is why the company’s CEO maintains that the fact that a car run on battery cells doesn’t entirely mean it’s 100% carbon neutral – at least not during the production phase.
What’s Polestar’s plan?
Polestar wants to eliminate its carbon emissions via a new philosophy it calls the “design towards zero.”
“Offsetting is a cop-out,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, said in a statement. “By pushing ourselves to create a completely climate-neutral car, we are forced to reach beyond what is possible today. We will have to question everything, innovate and look to exponential technologies as we design towards zero.”
Even though doesn’t sound far-fetched , achieving it might be a little bit hard for the company
That’s a simple idea, but making it a reality will be a much greater challenge however, let’s consider a number of things.
The first being the fact that a single car has about 30,000 components and to build one, you’ll need to rely on having a good relationship between suppliers and sub-manufacturers all which have to come together to make things happen.
“We don’t have to worry about combustion engines producing toxic emissions — but that doesn’t mean our job is done,” said Polestar‘s Head of Sustainability, Fredrika Klarén.
“We will now work to eradicate all emissions stemming from production,” she added.
To do this well, Polestar wants to focus on five key areas in its pursuit to build a climate neutral vehicle and that includes the following:
- Building a climate neutral platform that models can be built on
- Using climate neutral materials
- Energy optimization
- Climate neutral manufacturing
- Installing renewable energy in its supply chain
The company knows what lies ahead and its prepared to battle the obstacles heads-on.
Alongside Polestar’s ambitions to make a climate neutral vehicle, it will more clearly disclose the carbon footprint and traced risk materials of its vehicles on its website and at its Spaces retail outlets.
As stated earlier, EVs don’t directly create carbon emissions but their production phases are usually the culprit of this situation.
Typically, it’s far bigger than that of a comparable gasoline vehicle, however, as soon as the vehicles hit the road, the EV catches up and overtakes the gasoline car in terms of lifetime emissions.
As gtime gets by, researches believes that the pricing of electric vehicles will reduce and catch up with that of gasoline cars while its sales will increase overtime.
It will in fact be more interesting to finally have a car at some point which doesn’t come with any production emission.