Polestar, a subsidiary of the manufacturer Volvo, would like to launch its “0” model on the market in less than ten years. However, it may well be the very first truly zero carbon car, because this company does not want to use the carbon offset system.
The zero carbon electric car: une big premiere
As recalled by GoodPlanet Foundation, the voluntary carbon offsetting from companies is a climate contribution. This involves financing projects that are neutral (or almost neutral) in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, this allows these companies to contribute to carbon neutrality, up to some of their emissions, some of which are unfortunately incompressible. In a publication, ADEME has also detailed the rules to regulate this voluntary carbon offsetting in France.
However, voluntary carbon offsetting is the subject of many criticisms, particularly in terms of its effectiveness. Among the projects, we find many CO2 sequestration plans through the planting of trees. Many observers believe that this method is too expensive, not efficient enough and very difficult to set up at an acceptable scale.
Thomas Ingenlath is the CEO of Polestar, a subsidiary of the Swedish firm Volvo. In a statement of April 7, 2020, the interested party considered that the compensation was a way of evading. For this reason, Polestar aims to manufacture by 2030 a zero carbon electric car without recourse to compensation, a great first.
A gigantic challenge
In the meantime, Polestar has released its sustainability report. The firm admits that the production of an electric car emits today more greenhouse gases than that of a combustion engine. In addition, most of Polestar’s operations are located in China. It must be said that this country still very much riding on coal is starting to make efforts to decarbonise itself. However, this will surely not be enough for Polestar to achieve its objective.
The goal will therefore be to source raw materials respecting carbon neutrality. And why not make battery production environmentally friendly? Today in any case, this is impossible. Indeed, to manufacture these products requires the mining of precious metals and other rare earths such as lithium. Polestar will therefore have a lot to do to try to transform the mechanisms and chains of automobile production.
This company therefore launched a gigantic challenge and only a decade to achieve its goals. However, she has not yet announced a specific plan.