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Electric cars aren’t clean — and it’s time the industry is honest about it

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Last month, on World EV day, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath issued a statement that began with this line: “Electric cars are not clean.

Electric vehicles do offer a route to climate neutrality, but it takes more than just buying an EV to “go green.

” The trouble is that car manufacturers have not been clear about the environmental impact of their products.

At Polestar, we don’t think that’s good enough.

That’s why our CEO is calling for the entire automotive industry to be open about the true environmental impact of their EVs, as well as the realities of the supply chains and manufacturing involved.

Manufacturers must tell the whole story, instead of using selected highlights as a smokescreen to mask inconvenient truths.

The emissions scandal that was dieselgate weakened people’s trust in car manufacturers.

Without clear industry standards, manufacturers will continue to create sustainability “benchmarks” that only serve their own purposes, making any real comparison impossible.

That’s why we recently published the Polestar 2 Life Cycle Assessment.

As well as the numbers, we’re also sharing our methodology, because you can only trust the figures if you can also understand the full context.

It would be possible to selectively quote the lowest number in this chart, and truthfully claim that the Polestar 2 can emit less than half the amount of CO2-equivalents during its lifetime than a similar conventional car.

The other story these figures tell is that an EV’s materials production, making the Li-ion battery modules, and car manufacturing account for higher emissions than those of an equivalent fossil-fueled car.

The chart below shows how far you have to drive a Polestar 2 before that “carbon cost” breaks even with a conventional car.

You can read the full Polestar 2 Life Cycle Assessment here.

Electric cars are no exception.

Car manufacturers have to come together and be more transparent, to give consumers the information they need to be able to make the right choice.

We won’t really achieve sustainability unless we tell people the full, unvarnished truth about the environmental impact of electric vehicles.

Being transparent about sustainability is in everyone’s best interests: consumers, manufacturers, and last but not least, the environment.

Accelerating the shift to sustainable mobility by making electric driving a question of when, not if.

If you’re interested in reading more about transparency and the Polestar 2 LCA report, click here to go directly to the transparency page.


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