Polestar is pushing the envelope towards a climate-neutral car

Polestar is pushing the envelope towards a climate-neutral car

Thomas Ingenlath is responsible for the Polestar electric brand.
© Matthias Mederer/Polestar

The Swedish electric car manufacturer Polestar has a vision: by 2030 they want to build a climate-free car. In this sense, they have now joined forces with retailers.

These include SSAB, Hydro, ZF, ZKW and Autoliv. With these suppliers, Polestar boss Thomas Ingenlath wants to fulfill his ultimate goal of producing a climate-neutral car by the end of this decade.

“It was clear from the start that this is not an isolated mission and we are pleased to present a strong line-up of interested partners, all leaders in their fields,” Ingenlath said. “We are using innovation and collaboration to tackle the climate crisis,” added the Polestar boss.

“Now we have to set goals like this”

In an interview with Autogazette and electrified magazine, Ingenlath said at the IAA Mobility in Munich in September that the climate-free goal was an impossible goal. “But we have to set such goals now to reach them by 2030. If we want to control climate change, we have to do it in ten years,” the Polestar boss said.

The idea of ​​a climate-free car came in autumn 2020. “At that time we dropped our pants and presented the Polestar 2 ecological footprint. It has a Co2 footprint of 24 to 27 tonnes, depending on the model variant,” says Ingenlath. It was clear that this value had to be reduced gradually. “Half is not enough. Our goal can only be zero emissions.”

Letter of Intent signed

Polestar wants to create a carbon-free car by 2030. To do this, we are working with suppliers. Photo: Polestar

To achieve its goals, Polestar has signed letters of intent to collaborate with strategic partners in the fields of steel, safety, drive systems and electronics. These are the focus areas of Polestar’s Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) around the carbon footprint of its current models.

For example, Nordic steel and metals maker SSAB will work with Polestar on fossil-free steel with a view to connecting with various suppliers. This should not only replace conventional steel in cars, but also other materials that can contribute to a significant reduction of CO2.

Norwegian aluminum producer Hydro will make carbon-free aluminium, the Friedrichshafen distributor is working with Polestar to find out how electric propulsion and its overall system expertise can help eliminate carbon emissions. Autoliv contributes zero-emission safety equipment such as airbags and seat belts, and ZKW, as a specialist in automotive lighting systems and automotive electronics, works with Swedes on electrical control systems and status cables of air.

Invitation to more partners

To achieve the goal of a carbon-free car, Polestar also invites other suppliers, researchers, universities, entrepreneurs, investors, and governmental and non-governmental organizations to participate in the project. ‘Interested people can do this apply online by March 23.

“We believe in the great development of climate solutions technology. For this project, we need to find solutions that are still in the innovation stage,” said Hans Pehrson, Polestar 0 project leader. As he added, “the developed solutions will not only benefit the industry of vehicles, but will also help further reduce CO2 emissions in industry and society.”

According to its own information, the ZF dealer is one of the first companies to decide to cooperate. “The ‘Polestar 0’ project is a great moonshot initiative that we enthusiastically support,” says Stephan von Schuckmann, who is responsible for cyber mobility as a member of the ZF Management Board. “It perfectly complements our extensive climate protection program, which ZF will have to become completely climate neutral by 2040 – in all aspects, from material procurement to production and the entire life cycle of all our products.” identify concrete plans that will develop a joint strategy that is contractually set,” said ZF.