Polestar, whose aim is to create the world's first climate-neutral vehicle, wants to be open about the carbon footprint of its vehicles. Owners of the new Polestar 2 launch edition may immediately view the Product Sustainability Declaration, which includes information such as the carbon footprint and the materials used in the construction. Polestar has recently announced that owners of the single motor version will also have access to the same information.
Although electric automobiles have no tailpipe emissions, the amount of pollutants created throughout the manufacturing process is unknown. Electric vehicles' overall environmental effect is difficult to comprehend, and comparing automobiles from various manufacturers is exceedingly difficult because of an industry-wide lack of openness.
Polestar is setting an example by disclosing the lifetime carbon footprint of all new Polestar models, beginning with the Polestar 2, as well as the methods used to calculate it. Polestar's product sustainability declarations show CO2e from manufacturing to production, as well as the materials used in Polestar automobiles, while indicating the percentage of recycled/renewable materials used. This will clearly display a product's climate effect and traceability.
Polestar's Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Report compares the Polestar 2's lifetime CO2e footprint with that of a conventionally fuelled Volvo XC40. According to the study, all three Polestar 2 versions have a lower lifetime climate impact than the XC40. The LCA considers emissions from material production, manufacture, and logistics, as well as emissions from the vehicle's usage phase and end-of-life.
This openness will enable consumers to finally make fully educated decisions as companies migrate to all-electric vehicles for several reasons. Polestar also hopes that the rest of the automobile industry adopts the same approach for calculating and reporting carbon emissions from their vehicles.