Polestar has turned to ZF specialist Friedrichshafen, the global leader in safety, Autoliv and three other vendors, to help it achieve its self-proclaimed goal of making the car a climate-neutral car by 2030.
When he announced the Polestar 0 project, the electric performance brand owned by Volvo Cars and its Chinese parent, Zhejiang Geely Holding, knew it would have to rethink the entire development process, which would impose new demands on its supply chain.
Polestar and suppliers have announced that they have signed letters of intent for cooperation.
ZF will work with Polestar on ways to eliminate carbon emissions and save resources in the propulsion system.
Autoliv will seek to provide safety equipment, such as airbags and zero-emission seat belts.
Hydro and SSAB metal companies aim to supply zero-carbon aluminum and fossil-free steel, respectively.
Car lighting manufacturer ZKW will work with Polestar on climate-neutral electrical control and wiring systems.
“It was clear from the beginning that this was not an individual mission, and we are very excited to present such a strong range of interested partners, all leaders in their fields,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said in a statement. .
A difficult mission
Autoliv said in a separate statement that Polestar’s goal is in line with its bid to be the first car safety provider to have carbon-neutral operations by 2030 and achieve zero net emissions in its chain. supply until 2040.
“We are happy and proud to join forces with Polestar. In order to achieve our ambitious climate goals, we need to work together along the value chain, ”Autoliv CEO Mikael Bratt said in a statement.
Polestar says it intends to achieve its goal by eliminating emissions, rather than using tactics such as planting trees to offset CO2 produced from car creation to sale.
Polestar has been given an indication of the challenges it will face in 2020 during the life cycle assessment of Tesla Model 3’s all-electric Polestar 2 rival.
Research has shown that the compact sedan leaves the factory with a carbon footprint of 26 metric tons, mainly due to the carbon created to provide the car with aluminum, batteries and steel.
The goal is to set that number to zero.