Polestar working to create first climate neutral car by 2030

Polestar working to create first climate neutral car by 2030

The Swedish manufacturer is driving forwards its sustainability plans

Swedish electric car maker is working to create its first “truly carbon neutral car” by 2030 as the brand puts forward its sustainability plans for the future.

While many manufacturers are declaring they want all cars to be electric-only by a certain date in a bid to cut pollution, Polestar is aiming to go a step further by working towards producing a completely carbon neutral car. 

The use of the word ‘completely’ is key here, as while many say their cars will be carbon-neutral during production, this is only done through offsetting pollution – e.g through renewables and by planting trees.

Yet Polestar’s CEO Thomas Ingenlath says the offsetting approach is a “cop-out”, with the firm aiming to “eradicate all emissions stemming from production” with its new goal, called the Polestar 0 Project. 

Ingenlath said:  “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.

“Consumers are a huge driving force in the shift to a sustainable economy. 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.”

The Polestar 2 is the brand’s first mass-market model – with this quirky high-riding electric saloon rivalling the likes of the Tesla Model 3. It boasts a 0-60mph time of just 4.7 seconds, while being capable of a claimed range of 292 miles. It’s on sale now, with prices starting from £49,900.

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