Polestar calls for more transparency in the automotive industry

Polestar calls on the car industry to become more transparent about the environmental impact of vehicles. 

The Swedish automotive brand has pledged to publish the full details of the climate impact of its electric vehicles (EV) as they leave the production line. 

The complete Life Cycle Assessment will show the total climate impact of the car over its entire life cycle. 

The company has said they aim to be the most transparent vehicle manufacturer in the industry. 

Using its own analysis, they found that the new Polestar 2 EV leaves the factory with a 26-tonne carbon footprint.

In the manufacturing phase, the Polestar 2 has a larger carbon footprint than a Volvo XC40, mainly due to the energy-intensive process of battery production.

However, once the EV reaches the customer, if charged with renewable energy, then further CO2 emissions are negligible. 

After 50,000 km of driving, the fossil fuel car surpasses the EV in total CO2 emissions.

Polestar has highlighted that at the moment, a lack of transparency in the car industry makes it impossible for consumers to compare the climate impacts of different cars.

Therefore, the company will be sharing its methodology to ask other carmakers to follow suit. 

Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar said: ‘Car manufacturers have not been clear in the past with consumers on the environmental impact of their products.

‘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.’

In related news, André ten Bloemendal, vice president of Sales Europe for ChargePoint writes for Air Quality News about the importance of electrifying delivery fleets.

As companies seek to facilitate a green economy, they will be looking to cut their carbon emissions.

A micro-economy allows for increased agility and flexibility as well as allowing companies to take greater control of their emissions, begging the question of whether this is the future for fleets.

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