03. September 2021, 09:26 Uhr | Kathrin Veigel
Electric car manufacturer Polestar aims to lead the automotive industry toward greater consumer transparency with new lifecycle analysis.
Polestar no longer wants to keep secrets about the climate impact of its latest Polestar 2 variants and is publishing full details of the CO2 footprint of its electric cars with immediate effect. In doing so, the Swedish carmaker wants to initiate a transparency movement in the automotive industry.
At Polestar, they believe that the automotive industry should be a driving force in the transition to sustainable mobility and that transparency is an important factor in this. That's why the electric vehicle manufacturer is now disclosing the carbon footprint and traceable risk materials of the launch version of the Polestar 2 as part of a product sustainability statement. The statement is now being updated to include the new single-motor variants of the Polestar 2, allowing interested parties to easily compare the climate impact, price and range of the different variants.
Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says, »Automakers need to take full responsibility. Every week, there is a new announcement that an automaker is taking the path toward electrification. But going electric alone is not enough. Making cars electric is not the end, it's just a start. We need to be honest and transparent.«
The Swedish company also wants to go a step further, calling on the industry to be more transparent in order to restore customer trust. Recent research shows that only one in four consumers trust automakers to be transparent and act in the best interests of society. In addition, more than half of consumers are calling for greater transparency and the ability to compare the carbon footprint of cars. Adopting an industry-wide standard could be key here.
A new lifecycle analysis found that the current Polestar 2 variants (long-range single and standard-range single engines) leave the factory with a carbon footprint of between 24 and 25 metric tons of CO2 – a figure that remains unchanged during the use phase if the car is charged with green electricity. The footprint of the existing long-range dual engine was previously reported at 26.2 metric tons of CO2 in 2020.
»We are working toward net-zero production emissions, but our lifecycle assessment shows that Polestar 2 is already a climate solution. EV technology ensures that a car produces less than half the CO2 emissions of a comparable gasoline car when charged with green energy,« said Fredrika Klarén, Head of Sustainability at Polestar.