HEXPOL TPE Announced as Partner in Polestar 0 Project to Create a Climate-Neutral Car by 2030
Polestar, the Swedish electric performance car company, is accelerating its work to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by welcoming new partners to the Polestar 0 project, among them is the polymer compounder HEXPOL TPE.
The Polestar 0 project is Polestar’s moon-shot goal of creating the first truly climate-neutral car by 2030 without offsetting. The project will work to identify and eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction of raw materials to when the car is delivered to the customer, as well as the end-of-life handling. The partnership agreement is with HEXPOL TPE’s site in Åmål, Sweden.
HEXPOL TPE will support the project with their knowledge and capabilities in thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) and soft polymer compounds. Including research into advancing possibilities with biobased and recycled content. The project’s scope will also involve supply chain mapping to identify all root sources of emissions and investigate logistics systems with zero CO2 emissions.
About HEXPOL TPE
HEXPOL TPE is an international polymer compounding group specialising in Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) materials for key industries such as consumer, medical, construction, electronics and automotive. Polymer compounding is a high-technology process that enhances material properties and performance by combining polymers with additional ingredients. HEXPOL TPE was among the 1st companies to produce TPEs in Europe. Today, more than 50 years later, they continue to work with companies around the world, developing new polymer combinations and creating customised materials that are safer, more durable, more sustainable. HEXPOL TPE is part of the HEXPOL Group, headquartered in Malmö, Sweden. The Group has approximately 5,100 employees in fourteen countries.
About the Polestar 0 Project
The Polestar 0 project is Polestar’s moon-shot goal of creating the first truly climate-neutral car by 2030 which was announced in the company’s first annual review, published in April 2021. The scope of the project is to identify and eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction of raw materials to when the car is delivered to the customer, as well as the end-of-life handling. The Polestar 0 project aims to cut carbon emissions by changing the way that cars are made, rather than using traditional processes and then planting trees to offset CO2e. This approach will encompass collaboration across the entire development process and value chain, from suppliers to retailers. The project targets what Polestar can measure and control: zero carbon emissions in the production of the car, delivery to customer, and end-of-life. The use phase of an electric car can already today be close to climate neutral if the car is charged with renewable energy. The timeline for launching a car in 2030 means the advanced research needs to be completed by 2025, when work with the car’s architecture begins. By 2027, the vehicle project starts, which means that the application of that research, the advanced engineering required to take a research project into industrial production, needs to be completed.