Polestar Aims for Climate Neutral Car by 2030 & Expands Polestar 2 Range
Polestar, the Swedish electric performance car brand, has announced it has a goal to create a climate neutral car by 2030 via its Polestar 0 project.
What does that mean? Well, the project will aim to cut carbon emissions by ‘changing the way that cars are made’ – an approach that will include collaboration across its development process and value chain, from suppliers to retailers – rather than using traditional processes and then offsetting CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) through planting trees. The company says environmental experts had warned that those practices were not sustainable in the long term.
“Offsetting is a cop-out,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “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.”
The company added that it will apply ‘sustainability declarations’ to all future vehicles – starting with Polestar 2 – and initially disclose ‘carbon footprint and traced risk materials’ via labeling that will appear on the company website and in Polestar Spaces – its showroom locations.
“We’re electric, so 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 Klaren. “We will now work to eradicate all emissions stemming from production. Now is a historic and exciting time for carmakers, an opportunity to seize the moment, do better and dare to build the dream of climate-neutral, circular and beautiful cars.”
“Consumers are a huge driving force in the shift to a sustainable economy,” added Ingenlath. “They need to be given the right tools to make informed and ethical decisions. This makes things very clear. Today, Polestar 2 leaves the factory gates with a carbon footprint. In 2030 we want to present a car that does not.”
POLESTAR 2 RANGE EXPANDS
The company also announced that is was expanding its Polestar 2 model range to three models.
Powertrains now available include the existing 300kW dual motor setup with a 78kWh battery pack, which is now joined by two front-mounted single-motor variants – available either with the same long-range battery and a 170kW motor, or a smaller 64kWh battery and a 165kW motor.
The long rage dual motor setup has a range of 450km – 480km, the Long Range single motor model gets 515km – 540km of range, while the smaller battery single motor model can get between 420km – 440km of range.
20 May 2021