Forget zero tailpipe emissions. Swedish automaker Volvo’s Polestar electric car division says that its next project will be a fully climate-neutral vehicle, which it will show off as early as 2030.
Calling carbon offsetting a “cop-out,” Polestar said in a press release that it will do more than just plant trees in an effort to cancel out the emissions produced during the development and production of a new vehicle. Though Polestar offered no details about how it plans to achieve full carbon neutrality from conception to production, presumably the automaker intends to rethink its entire vehicle assembly process.
In the interim, Polestar will disclose the carbon footprint and traced-risk materials of its products for more transparency. That information is likely to include disclosures such as mining methods of the materials in the company’s electric car batteries, not to mention the emissions coming from its factories in Europe and Asia.
Think of these disclosures like an amped-up version of the nutritional information printed on the side of that soft drink can you have sitting on your desk. Polestar is hoping that fessing up to the carbon footprint it currently creates will help raise awareness, at the very least. Find a Polestar for sale