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Swedish automaker Polestar, a division of electric vehicles high performance Volvo, is working on a carbon-neutral car scheduled for launch in 2030. The ambitious project is part of the efforts of its parent organization, which wants to become an increasingly green and stop selling gasoline cars until the same year. 

Instead of planting trees as a way to offset the carbon dioxide emissions from its operation, a common practice in the industry, the company wants to change the way the brand's cars are made. And that includes the entire production chain of Polestar, from its suppliers, to the dealers who will sell the vehicles. 

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“We are electric, so we don't have to worry about combustion engines that produce toxic emissions,” said the company's head of sustainability, Fredrika Klarén. "But that does not mean that our work is done", continued the executive. 

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Klarém believes that only the end of carbon emissions can make the company really contribute to the environment. "We are going to work to eradicate all emissions from the production of our vehicles," she said. "It is an opportunity to seize the moment, do better and dare to build the dream of neutral, circular and beautiful cars for the climate". 

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The Polestar 0 project will focus on 'design towards zero' that aims to eliminate emissions, instead of trying to compensate by planting trees. Image: Polestar / Disclosure

Polestar's decision to have a carbon-neutral car in less than 10 years is part of a trend that is also adopted by other companies, who want to go greener and make a more sustainable economy. 

This is a strong indication that the practice of working with carbon offsets has not been successful and needs to be reviewed by companies. "Compensation is an excuse to escape," said automaker CEO Thomas Ingenlath.

"As we strive to create a totally climate-neutral car, we are forced to go beyond what is possible today," added the executive. 

With information Engadget and The Verge

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