Last updated on October 23rd, 2021 at 10:01 am
Polestar has published full details of the carbon footprint of its latest models as the Swedish EV-maker believes that transparency is key to enabling the shift to sustainable mobility.
Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) consider a range of factors in a car’s life cycle, from supply to manufacture recycling, and summarise this climate impact in one easily understood number.
The new LCA has found that the new Polestar 2 variants – Long range Single motor and Standard range Single motor – leave the factory with carbon footprints ranging between 24 and 25 tonnes of CO2e, a number that remains flat during the use phase if the car is charged with green energy. The existing Long range Dual motor’s footprint was previously declared to be 26.2 tonnes of CO2e in 2020.
Polestar wants to go further and urges the industry to adopt greater transparency to rebuild consumer trust, according to Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO.
“Car makers need to take full responsibility. Every week, we see a new announcement that an auto maker is changing direction towards electrification. But going electric alone is not enough,” he said. “Making cars electric is not the end game, it is a starting point. We need to be honest and transparent.”
Polestar already clearly displays the CO2e footprint and traced risk materials of the launch version of Polestar 2 through its Product Sustainability Declaration. The declaration will now be updated to include the new single motor versions of Polestar 2, making it easy and intuitive for consumers to consider the climate impact of different variants, along with price and range.
As WhichEV reported, Polestar has also announced that its first all-electric SUV ever will be manufactured in the United States.