Swedish electric performance car manufacturer Polestar is to publish full details of the climate impact of its electric vehicles (EV), aiming to be the most transparent company in the automotive industry and including a complete Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
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The Swedish company will from today reveal a headline number that shows the climate impact of its EVs as they leave the production line. Polestar’s complete LCA goes further to show the total climate impact of the car over its life cycle. The move marks a significant shift for an industry that has struggled in recent years to convince consumers of its sustainability credentials and sets new standards for other car makers to follow.
Using its own analysis, Polestar found the new Polestar 2 leaves the factory with a 26-tonne carbon footprint. Compared to a Volvo XC40 with a petrol internal combustion engine, Polestar 2 has a larger footprint in the manufacturing phase, mainly due to the energy-intensive battery production process.
Once the EV reaches the customer, if charged with green energy, further CO2e emissions are negligible. After 50,000 km of driving, the fossil fuel car surpasses the EV in total CO2e emissions.
“Car manufacturers have not been clear in the past with consumers on the environmental impact of their products” said Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “That’s not good enough. We need to be honest, even if it makes for uncomfortable reading. The message is clear. Electric vehicles offer a route to climate neutrality and we will use the insights from this report to reach that goal.”
Polestar points at the disturbing lack of transparency across the industry, as it is today impossible for a consumer to compare the climate impact of different cars. One significant issue is that there is a range of different calculations used for Life Cycle Assessments by various car makers. Polestar is sharing its entire methodology and is now asking other car makers to open up and be more transparent.
Fredrika Klarén, Head of Sustainability at Polestar, added that fragmentation will only lead to confusion and that car manufacturers have to come together and be more transparent.
“What we’re saying at Polestar is, As an industry, let’s help consumers make the right choice” Ms Klarén said.