Polestar admits: ‘A Polestar 2 is less’ clean ‘than you think’


Electric cars do not emit CO2 when they are driving, so in that sense they are much cleaner than cars with an internal combustion engine. However, it is fairer to also look at CO2 emissions during, among other things, the production of the necessary materials, including the battery. So that’s what Polestar has done.

Polestar 2 Life Cycle Assessment

The so-called Polestar 2 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) looked at the emissions from the extraction / production of materials, the assembly of the car itself, the logistics of getting the car to the consumer, the use by the consumer and the recycling. of the car. Polestar has compared the Polestar 2 with a Volvo XC40 with a combustion engine.

Electric car battery

The latter has an advantage when it comes to the production of materials. Because a Volvo XC40 emits 14 tons of CO2, while a Polestar 2 comes to 24 tons. This is mainly due to the materials needed for the battery of the electric car.

The Polestar is clean on wind energy

Then we come to using both cars, with the Polestar 2 having the advantage. When charged with wind energy alone, an average Polestar 2 emits just 0.4 tonnes of CO2 over its life cycle. But in practice this does not apply and electricity is still generated in other ways.

Little wind energy worldwide

So Polestar has also looked at the global electricity mix. And then a Polestar 2 emits 23 tons of CO2 over its entire life cycle. That is still much less than the Volvo XC40 with combustion engine, which emits 41 tonnes over its life cycle.

Break even point is far away

Ultimately, the Polestar 2 is cleaner than the Volvo XC40, but the break-even point is a long way off. Looking at the European way of generating electricity (a combination of renewable and non-renewable energy), the Polestar 2 only becomes cleaner after 50,000 miles than the Volvo XC40. Worldwide, that point lies at 100,000 kilometers. If the electricity only comes from wind, at 50,000 kilometers.


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