Polestar Targets to be the First Climate-Neutral Car in 2030

Polestar Targets to be the First Climate-Neutral Car in 2030 – Competition for companies to make their cars climate-free is also happening nowadays. One of them is Polestar. Polestar has set a goal of producing the first climate-neutral car by 2030. They argue that it eliminates emissions not only from driving but from every aspect of production and sales.

Polestar Targets to be the First Climate-Neutral Car in 2030

This project they call the “Polestar Project 0”. Through the project, Polestar will actually eliminate emissions, not just offset them with activities such as planting trees.

“Offsets are denials,” said Polestar CEO Thomas Ingelath in a statement. Many companies – including some automakers – have paid for tree planting as a way to remove carbon emissions from their operations, but forests are still vulnerable to fires and climate change. So their ability to absorb the unlimited excess carbon dioxide from human activities is not guaranteed, according to Polestar.

Planting also only deals with carbon dioxide emissions, nothing else. That is the goal of companies and governments who want to achieve carbon-neutral status. Although the terms “carbon neutral” and “climate neutral” are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. Climate neutrality is a more impressive goal. And it’s even harder in fact.

Instead of just addressing carbon dioxide emissions, climate neutrality includes all greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide is only one component, although it is also a major gas.

With the discontinuation of the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid, the Volvo spin-off brand will move to an all-electric product line. The next step in achieving climate-neutral status will be addressing emissions that come from production, Fredrika Klarén, Polestar’s head of sustainability, said in a statement.

Polestar last year pointed to a “disturbing lack of transparency” about EV’s carbon footprint and has emphasized sustainability and the use of natural and recycled materials. But the leap to a truly climate-neutral car will likely require a more general rethinking of material sourcing and manufacturing processes.

Polestar previously previewed its future in the form of the Zero concept, which was designed with the Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA). The production version is already in the prototype stage, with delivery anticipated in the final quarter of 2021.

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