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Polestar builds a zero-emissions vehicle

 Polestar builds a zero-emissions vehicle

Swedish electric performance car maker Polestar said it is building the world's first zero-emissions car without relying on carbon offsets.

Polestar builds a zero-emissions vehicle

The company, which spun off from Volvo and parent company Geely, has shaped its efforts to cut carbon emissions by changing the way it builds its cars to produce the world's first climate-neutral car by 2030.

Carbon offsets have become a standard way for companies to write off carbon emissions through investment in renewable energy or conservation projects aimed at enhancing forests' ability to naturally store carbon.

But there is mounting evidence that compensation has not slowed global warming, and has instead given companies a license to continue pollution.

  • “We are forced to go beyond what is possible today, we have to question everything, innovate and look to accelerated technologies as we create the zero-emissions vehicle,” Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, said in a statement.

  • FedEx, United, Delta, and JetBlue said they were writing off all their emissions for the next several decades, while Uber and Lyft pledged to tackle carbon emissions in a similar timeframe.

  • Polestar makes two cars: the $ 155,000 Polestar 1 hybrid coupe and the Polestar 2 all-electric curved roof sedan.

  • The Polestar 3, an electric crossover, is expected to launch in late 2021, and after launching its first car, the company said it would only produce electric cars.
The real challenge for Polestar is to eliminate carbon emissions from the production and supply chain process.

Several major automakers have pledged to phase out the production of fuel cars by a certain target date, including General Motors, Ford, and Volvo.

But the production of cars, including the mining of rare earth that is used in lithium-ion batteries, is a carbon-intensive process, and even reducing these emissions is a big task of consequence.

Polestar may have more flexibility to achieve its goals than other, larger companies, and the company announced its project called Polestar 0 as part of its first annual review, stating: Sustainability declarations are being applied across all future Polestar models.

Sustainability announcements, common in industries such as food and fashion, are a checklist of all the carbon emissions and waste associated with a product or process.

The company says it includes on its website the carbon footprint and tracked risk materials associated with the production of each of its vehicles starting with Polestar 2.