There is a common misconception EVs will save the world because there are no emissions as opposed to a traditional car powered by a combustion engine. However, an electric vehicle still puts a strain on our already fragile nature during the manufacturing process. Volvo’s spin-off Polestar is now looking into developing a truly climate-neutral car that will not harm the environment in any way.
Known as the Polestar 0 Project, the initiative is a joint effort with some of the most important automotive suppliers. ZF, Autoliv, SSAB, ZKW, and Hydro have all come together to help the Swedish EV marque in its quest to conceive a nature-friendly vehicle. ZF intends to deliver the necessary automotive systems for the electric powertrain in a bid to eliminate carbon emissions and save precious resources at the same time.
Autoliv will help Polestar by providing safety equipment, including seatbelts and airbags for which the manufacturing process will be emissions-free. SSAB has agreed to provide fossil-free steel, which ideally, will go on to replace the regular steel used today in the car industry. The bigger goal is to replace additional materials that generate a lot of carbon emissions.
As for ZKW, it will assist Polestar by supplying the necessary electrical control systems and wiring. At the same time, Hydro has pledged to deliver zero-carbon aluminum necessary for the EV’s construction.
Meanwhile, other automotive suppliers as well as investors and governments have been invited to join the partnership. Polestar is asking researchers and non-governmental organizations to take part in the development of the world’s first climate-neutral car. The Geely-owned company has signed Letters of Intent with each of the partners that have agreed to work on the ambitious project. Interested parties have until March 23 to support Polestar’s cause.
The ultimate goal is to engineer a climate-neutral EV by the end of the decade.