Polestar Finds Partners to Develop Carbon-Neutral Car By 2030

Swedish electric vehicle maker Polestar is partnering with automotive industry suppliers to develop a truly climate-neutral car by 2030.

The project, dubbed Polestar 0, was unveiled last April with the aim of eliminating emissions rather than simply offsetting them. “Offsetting is a cop-out,” company CEO Thomas Ingenlath said at the time. “We will have to question everything, innovate, and look to exponential technologies as we design towards zero.”

The automaker in December put out a call for strategic partners to help with metals, safety, driving systems, and electronics for the three-stage moonshot. So far, the firm has signed letters of intent to collaborate with Nordic steel and metals producer SSAB, Norwegian renewable energy company Hydro, and automotive systems, lighting, and safety suppliers ZF, ZKW, and Autoliv, respectively.

Polestar is also inviting suppliers, researchers, universities, entrepreneurs, investors, governments, and non-government organizations to “come together to develop the technologies of the future.” Interested parties can apply online through March 23.

“We believe in the exponential development of climate solution technologies,” Pehrson said. “For this project, we must tap into solutions that are still in the innovation stage. Even more exciting is that the solutions we develop will not only benefit the automotive industry overall but help decarbonize manufacturing and society more widely as well.”

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Moving forward, all Polestar models—starting with 2021’s Polestar 2—will feature sustainability declarations disclosing carbon footprint, traced risk materials, and more. Labeling appears on the company website and in Polestar Spaces.

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