Polestar 0 Project to create truly climate-neutral car speeds ahead with new partnerships

Polestar 0 project adds eight new global industry-leading partners in its quest to create a truly climate-neutral car by 2030

Feb 10, 2023

The new partners will contribute to research in areas such as biobased materials, chemical and aluminium processes, electronics, and interior surface materials. Polestar is continuing its search to identify more partners within raw materials, biobased chemicals, polymers, electric components, noble gases, and other base materials.

Meanwhile, the Gothenburg-based carmaker has also expanded its existing technology partnership with Luminar to supply LiDAR for Polestar’s future models, including Polestar 5.

Swedish electric performance car company Polestar has signed up a further eight partners to the Polestar 0 project, the company’s goal to create a truly climate neutral car by 2030.

New collaborators in the project include Vitesco Technologies, Schloetter, Autoneum, Stora Enso, TMG Automotive, Gränges, Borgstena and Stena Aluminium.

Hailing from countries including Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Finland and Sweden, the collaborators cover the areas of electrical inverters, electroplating, interior and exterior materials, renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, and wooden construction, coating and textiles, flat rolled aluminium, knit and woven materials, and recycled aluminium.

The Polestar 0 project launched in 2021 with the belief that the car industry needs a full reset. While a manufacturer of electric vehicles which produce no exhaust emissions, Polestar says it still recognises the need to urgently address emissions that stem from production.

The ambitious aim of the Polestar 0 project is to eliminate all sources of CO2e throughout the supply chain, from the extraction of raw materials to material and vehicle production, delivery and end of life, without relying on misleading offsetting schemes.

Polestar says that research around base materials is fundamental, making bio source and mining, followed by refining and manmade materials, key to success.

The company recognises that yet more partners, both from the academic and corporate fields are needed, and the search continues for partners on raw materials, biobased chemicals, polymers, electric components, noble gases, and other base material production.

Meanwhile, another partner – LiDAR supplier Luminar – will expand on its existing arrangement to supply LiDAR technology to the forthcoming Polestar 3 into other future models.

The utilisation of LiDAR technology continues to gain momentum as the global focus on next-generation safety and autonomy increases.

Polestar states that the expanded partnership will provide a foundation to collaborate on the industrial design and integration of Luminar’s 3D laser scanning technology which will be featured on Polestar’s future vehicles, now also including Polestar 5 – the electric four-door GT expected to launch in 2024, and which is based on the eye-catching Polestar Precept concept car.

The two companies have an existing partnership via Volvo Cars for Luminar to supply the LiDAR technology for Polestar 3, Polestar’s first SUV.

“Luminar is at the forefront of long-range LiDAR technology and this closer collaboration will allow for greater innovation in our cars to come,” said Polestar CEO, Thomas Ingenlath. “We look forward to combining our R&D and product design expertise to deliver truly stunning LiDAR integration and capabilities for the Polestar brand.”