Building a climate neutral car requires innovation across the full spectrum, including the use of renewable energy, advancements in battery technology, increased utilization of recycled materials, and the adoption of green energy for charging vehicles.
Even traditional fossil-based materials used in car parts, such as window seals and seat belts need to be replaced with sustainable alternatives.
While the industry has come a long way to build zero-emission vehicles, it must still address CO2 emissions throughout the cycle of the manufacturing process to meet strict net zero targets across fleets by 2050 set out by the European Union.
For this, automakers have already established strategic plans. One of the most ambitious ones, Polestar aims to build the world’s first truly climate neutral car by as soon as 2030.
However, several vehicle manufacturers have expressed concerns that they cannot achieve this alone. The entire value chain, from automakers to suppliers of parts and raw materials need to work in close collaboration to innovate, without compromising on technical or environmental performance.
Inspiration from nature
Industries across the board have been actively seeking sustainable alternatives due to the growing impact of climate change and rising prices of resources such as oil and metals.