Polestar will collaborate with global automotive suppliers including SSAB, Hydro, ZF, ZKW and Autoliv on Polestar 0, a project that aims to develop a zero-carbon vehicle through an industry-wide approach.
The letters of intent that the Swedish electric performance car brand has recently signed with these international suppliers of, among other things, metals, safety systems, vehicle systems and electronics, focus on further reducing CO.2footprint in all focus areas of Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) Polestar performs for its models. These LCAs have proven useful in determining the processes and components that need to be recycled to reduce CO.2reduce and eventually eliminate pollution.
The Swedish steel and metals producer SSAB plans to work with Polestar to develop an oil-free steel, which can replace not only the normal steel in the car, but also other important components.
Norway’s Hydro (big in aluminum and renewables) wants to collaborate with Polestar’s experts on carbon-free aluminum, and automotive supplier ZF wants to explore with Polestar how their innovations in powertrains and overall systems can contribute to eliminating CO.2production and saving resources.
Polestar will collaborate with Autoliv, known for its automotive safety systems, to explore how systems such as airbags and seat belts can be produced without any pollution. Lighting system manufacturer ZKW wants to focus together with Polestar on the development of electronic climate control systems and cables.
“Our Polestar 0 project is not an isolated mission and we are happy that several key partners, all leaders in their sector, have already joined. Not only innovation, but especially cooperation is very important to tackle the climate crisis,” Thomas Ingenlath, Director Polestar executive.
Polestar is also calling on other suppliers, universities, businesses, investors and governments to participate in the unique project. Polestar will also communicate with researchers from around the world through SDSN, the world’s largest academic network, to support the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, among others.
Hans Pehrson, Head of the Polestar 0 project and former Head of R&D at Polestar: “We believe in the unique development of technology to achieve better climate solutions. With this project, we are working on solutions that are still in the innovation phase. What’s even more exciting is that the solutions we develop will not only benefit the automotive industry, but can also help reduce CO2– transform industries and society in general. Wherever you are in the world, you will come across steel, aluminum and electronics everywhere. Imagine that we can produce these materials in a neutral climate! Together we can make the seemingly impossible possible.”
Polestar, together with new partners, will focus on the Polestar 0 project, which started in 2021. The goal: to create a true carbon car by 2030, by removing emissions from the supply chain and changing the way cars are used, instead. of planting trees only to reduce CO2emissions.* Polestar is taking this step for one clear reason: the transportation sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors that emit greenhouse gases, and is expected to be responsible for more than 30 percent of total emissions in the future.**
Interested parties can register with Polestar until 23 March 2022. Below are details on how organizations can apply.
*Environmental experts warn that compensation through tree planting is not sustainable in the long term. Co2The potential for long-term conservation of forests and soils is discussed, as forests can be cut down, destroyed by fire or modified by climate change. Refer to the following links for more information on this topic:
**This United Nations Environment Programme states that the transportation sector is the fastest growing sector producing greenhouse gases, and is expected to be responsible for more than 30 percent of total emissions in the future.