Swedish electric vehicle maker Polestar said it would build the world’s first truly emission-free car without the use of carbon offset, described as “cop-out”.
The company, which spun off from Volvo’s parent company Volvo, and Geely, has framed its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by transforming the way cars are made. The “moon-imaging target” that will result in the world’s first carbon neutral car by 2030.
Carbon offsets, such as tree planting, have become standard methods for automobile companies and other businesses to cut carbon emissions by investing in renewable energy or conservation programs aimed at strengthening forests̵7; ability to capture carbon. Natural But there is growing evidence that compensation has been unsuccessful in slowing global warming and has licensed companies to prevent pollution.
“Discrimination is a must,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said in a statement. “By pushing ourselves to build completely climate-neutral cars, we are forced to go further than we are. Possible now We have to question everything, be creative and look for exponential technology as we design it to zero. ”
FedEx, United, Delta and JetBlue say they will eliminate all emissions over the next several decades, and Uber and Lyft have pledged to turn carbon neutral within the same timeframe.
The automaker produces two vehicles: the $ 155,000 Polestar 1 hybrid sedan and the Polestar 2 all-electric sedan.The Polestar 3, an all-electric crossover SUV, is expected to debut at the end of 2021 after the car is available. The first one, the company said, will only produce electric cars.
The real challenge for Polestar is eliminating carbon emissions from production processes and supply chains. Several major automakers have pledged to end gas-powered cars by the target date, including General Motors, Ford and Volvo, Polestar’s parent company, but auto production included mining rare minerals. From the world that gets to lithium-ion batteries, it’s a very heavy carbon process. Even reducing those emissions, not to mention eliminating them, would be a huge follow-up task.
Polestar, as a boutique venture, may be more flexible to achieve than other larger and less nimble companies.The company announced what it calls the Polestar 0 program as part of its first annual review, which it also said. The sustainability announcement will be applied to all future Polestar models.
Popular in industries such as food and fashion, sustainability announcements are all carbon and waste emissions checklists associated with a product or process.Starting with Polestar 2, the company says it will list its carbon footprint and track it. Material risks involved in the production of each vehicle on the site.
“Today the Polestar 2 leaves the factory door in a carbon footprint,” Ingenlath said. “In 2030, we want to offer a car that doesn’t exist.”