It is true that electric cars operate without pumping harmful emissions into the atmosphere. However, it is also true that the manufacturing process of electric cars generally produces higher emissions than internal combustion cars. Various reports claim the difference is either small or large, but Polestar wants to clean up the slate on the manufacturing side. And the company has nine years to make it happen.
It is not a government mandate or any other piece of legislation. Polestar has set its own goal of a carbon neutral electric vehicle by 2030, and the initiative is called Polestar 0. Yes, other automakers have plans in place to offset carbon emissions from manufacturing, but Polestar takes a whole different – and an immense challenge – approach. The company does not simply offer to offset its manufacturing emissions by planting more trees or through other carbon credit activities. Rather, he wants eliminate their.
“As an electric car maker, we don’t have to worry about combustion engines producing toxic emissions, but that doesn’t mean our job is done,” said Fredrika Klarén, Sustainability Manager at Polestar. “We now need to focus all of our efforts on reducing emissions in the supply chain and in the production of our cars. It is a historic and exciting time for automakers, an opportunity to seize the moment and do better. For the first time, we can dare to dream of a future with climate neutral, circular, but still beautiful cars, and the human right to cleaner air to breathe. “
Sounds good in theory, but what is Polestar’s plan to make 0 Project a reality? Right now, there doesn’t seem to be any plan other than being fully transparent about its processes and finding solutions. That said, becoming truly carbon neutral seems impossible if you take into account the plethora of variables. Will the suppliers also be carbon neutral? What about the basic stamping process for steel or aluminum parts? What about all petroleum based products in everything from wire harnesses to tires? And these are just normal production aspects, not to mention EV specifics like batteries.
Looking at the big picture, this goal is indeed a tall order. Still, you have to start somewhere, and it’s a tone Polestar ultimately adopts in its Project 0 announcement, which you can read in full at the source link below.