Polestar 2 LCA report
All in. A colloquial expression meaning that one is fully committed to something. In poker, it also means to bet everything you have before revealing your hand. And though we lean towards the former when using this idiom to reference our own pursuit of sustainable electric performance, the latter works too. Time to put our cards on the table. Starting with our LCA report.
An LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) is a study done to determine the environmental impact of a product. It also provides a framework to measure that impact, along with steps toward a stated goal, such as how to make that product more sustainable. An LCA report shows the findings of this study.
These reports are becoming more common as various industries seek to become more transparent and more environmentally friendly. This ensures that customers will be educated enough to make informed comparisons and responsible decisions. Unfortunately, the automotive industry isn't quite so open.
We've recently performed an LCA to determine the lifetime carbon footprint of the Polestar 2. It includes emissions from materials production, manufacturing, the use phase of the Polestar 2, and its end of life. We've released the report, along with the entire methodology we used, in order to encourage others to do the same.
To return to the poker parlance, we want others to see our all-in and call it. We don't want to see them fold on a more transparent future. Like us, they should go all in. Unlike poker, the risk is too great otherwise.
Let's clear the air
EVs have always been marketed as “clean.” We're guilty of it ourselves. And in some respects, this is undebatable. The average internal combustion engine car emits 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. The average EV emits 0. Tough to argue with.
World EV Day
It can be difficult to know when a tipping point has been reached. Usually, a series of events, both big and small, have led the situation to a point where change is inevitable. And sometimes, that change doesn't happen fast enough. Sometimes, a boost is needed to get to the event horizon.