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New Partners Join Quest to Produce Climate-Neutral Car by 2030

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Polestar enlisted 12 new partners, some of whom are focused on developing climate-neutral plastics and composites, for its “moonshot.” 

Polestar, the Swedish electric performance car company, is accelerating work to eliminate greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by welcoming 12 new partners to the Polestar 0 project. They share a commitment in achieving the company’s moonshot goal of producing a truly climate-neutral car by 2030 without making use of carbon offsets.

The new and existing partners will focus on certain materials, components, and processes involved in car production. New partners cover areas such as plastics, composites, chemicals, and metals.

Transportation is the fastest-growing GHG-emitting sector, expected to reach a share of more than 30% of total GHG emissions in the future, according to the United Nation's Environment Programme. Polestar and its partners collectively hope to decarbonize the complete supply chain and manufacturing process.

 “The real potential of electric cars will be fulfilled when we, as an industry, can say goodbye not just to tailpipe emissions, but production-related emissions, as well,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “We made a bold commitment 18 months ago when we launched the Polestar 0 project, and these strong partnerships show the steady progress toward our goal.”

Hans Pehrson, leader of the Polestar 0 project and former head of R&D at Polestar, added: “Our new partners will help develop solutions that don’t currently exist, and they embrace the challenge of finding new technologies. The next five years will be critical, and we need partners that will engage with the Polestar 0 project to ensure its success. We will also see spin-off effects across various industries when we address the challenges in the automotive sector with innovation and the development of climate-neutral supply chains throughout a wide array of base industries.”

On Sept. 14, 2022, Polestar opened a second call for collaboration, targeting transformative solutions for new technologies to create man-made materials without any GHG emissions in the field of minerals and metals, bio-based chemicals and plastics, and other base materials. Interested parties are encouraged to apply online.

New partners and their focus areas in the Polestar 0 project include:

  • Hexpol TPE soft polymer compounds;
  • Plasman, a manufacturer of bumper-fascia, grilles, exterior trim, and subsystem components;
  • YFPO, bumpers and similar components;
  • GG Group, sustainable cables and harnesses;
  • Papershell, advanced fiber composite based on paper;
  • Ovako, engineering steel from 100% carbon-neutral operations and 97% recycled content.
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