Some of the most important suppliers to the automotive industry – SSAB, Hydro, ZF, ZKW and Autoliv – join forces to work with Polestar, an electric car manufacturer to develop a truly climate-neutral car.
– Companies from different sectors along the car supply chain want to jointly drive climate protection through more sustainable mobility.
Swedish electric performance vehicle manufacturer Polestar has signed letters of intent to cooperate with strategic partners in the metal, safety, driving systems and electronics sectors. Together the partners want to develop a climate-neutral car. With the solutions of the partners is any focus area of the Polestar Life cycle analysis (LCA) around the carbon footprint of current models covered. So far, these analyses have helped identify the components and processes in car manufacturing that need to be rethought or changed to reduce and ultimately eliminate CO2 emissions.

– The Swedish Steel and metal manufacturer SSAB wants to cooperate with Polestar on fossil-free steel. This could potentially replace not only conventional steel in a car, but also other materials with a poor carbon footprint.
– The Norwegian Aluminum producer Hydro intends to develop carbon-free aluminum with Polestar's experts.
– The Automotive system supplier ZF wants to work with Polestar to find out how its electric drive innovation as well as its overall systems expertise can eliminate carbon emissions and save resources. Polestar on zero-emission safety features like airbags. To work together with safety belts. Meanwhile, ZKW, a specialist in vehicle lighting systems and automotive electronics, is collaborating with Polestar on climate-neutral electrical control systems and wiring.
"It was clear from the outset that this was not a solo mission, and we are delighted to be able to present such a strong line-up of interested partners, all of whom are leaders in their fields. We're using innovation and collaboration to tackle the climate crisis," says Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar.

Climate-neutral car: Polestar invites other interested parties to join the project

Polestar simultaneously invites other suppliers, researchers, universities, entrepreneurs, investors, and governmental and non-governmental organizations to work on the project. In addition to the open tender Polestar, through SDSN, the world's largest academic network, will address researchers from around the world who are committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.

Hans Pehrson, head of the Polestar 0 project and former head of research and development at Polestar, says: "We believe in the exponential development of climate solution technologies. For this project, we need to tap into solutions that are still in the innovation stage. What's even more exciting is that the solutions we develop not only benefit the automotive industry, but also help to reduce CO2 emissions in industry and society to a greater extent. Everywhere we look, we see steel, aluminum and electronics. Imagine if we can produce these materials in a carbon-neutral way! Together we can make the seemingly impossible possible."

Eliminating emissions from the supply chain

Polestar and its partners will focus their attention on the Polestar 0 project. Announced in 2021, this project is Polestar's initiative to develop a truly carbon-neutral car by 2030, with the goal of. Emissions should disappear from the supply chain, changing the way cars are made in the process. Polestar chose this goal because transportation is the fastest growing sector emitting greenhouse gases (GHG).

Interested parties can apply to the 23. Contact Polestar March 2022.

About the invitation to work together

Participation in the project for a climate-neutral car will be via a Online recruitment process Requests. The applicant fills out the required information. For example, it indicates the area affected, the possible solution, who it represents and whether prior research is required. A designated Polestar team is evaluating the ideas. Take the next steps towards a potential partnership. Here interested parties can apply. The procedure is underway between the 23. February and the 23. March 2022.

Invitation calls on suppliers, researchers, universities, entrepreneurs, investors, government and non-government organizations and innovators to come together to develop the technologies of the future. What unites the future partners is the shared conviction that zero really means zero – no low-carbon solutions and no misleading compensation schemes.

Polestar 0 project is Polestar's ambitious goal, a truly climate-neutral car by 2030 to develop. Because the approach encompasses collaboration across the entire development process and value chain, from supplier to retailer. Polestar aims to be climate-neutral in all its operations by 2040. The project is aimed at what Polestar can measure and control: Zero CO2 emissions during the production of the car, delivery to the customer and at the end of its life cycle. The use phase of an electric car can already be nearly climate-neutral if the car is charged with renewable energy.

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