The promise of zero-carbon vehicles

“Passenger cars are responsible for more than 60 percent of transport emissions. To reduce these emissions, 35 students designed, developed and built a car that produces fewer or no emissions both during the production process and on the road. In addition, the team strives for optimal reusability of materials in the future.”

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Current EVs are not carbon neutral:

What’s the carbon footprint of a gas field, an electric car, a football stadium? – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Measuring carbon footprints: old bangers vs new electric cars – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Here’s a bit of PR blurb for a new car:

Cars are responsible for a significant percentage of planet-warming carbon emissions, so the deployment of new electric vehicles from most of the world’s major automakers is vital to meeting climate goals. Those cars, however, aren’t really carbon-neutral: the process of manufacturing them requires energy, often from fossil fuels, and getting to zero carbon requires offsets — typically planting trees or other crops in sufficient quantity to account for factory operations. By the end of the decade, however, one car company has vowed to get to true carbon neutrality. Polestar, the electric vehicle affiliate of China’s Geely and Sweden’s Volvo, this week announced the Polestar 0 Project, an initiative to eliminate all emissions in its production processes and supply chain by 2030. By that year, company officials want cars to depart its factory with no carbon footprint whatsoever.

The effort will require renewable energy to power its own operations and those of its suppliers, as well as recycled materials and circular vehicle batteries. The company acknowledged it would be a challenge to meet its target; as an initial step, it vowed to publicly disclose the carbon footprint and trace the materials of its two current models and all future ones. Polestar’s head of sustainability said that just because the company makes zero-emission cars doesn’t mean its responsibility to the environment is done. The project could also serve as an example beyond automakers — industry, after all, accounts for more global emissions than transportation.

IEN NOW: The World’s First Completely Carbon-Neutral Car – YouTube

With more from the company website:

Polestar 0 project: A truly climate neutral car by 2030 – Polestar United Kingdom Media Newsroom

They’re in the news:

Meet Tesla’s rival from Sweden: Is the Polestar 2 a worthy EV alternative? – CNA Luxury

EV maker Polestar hopes £700m float won’t be another car crash | Business | The Sunday Times

And here’s another very innovative project: 

TU Eindhoven student team TU/ecomotive has developed a sustainable electric passenger car that captures more carbon dioxide (CO₂) than it emits while driving. It is a prototype, called Zem, that purifies the air through a special filter. By storing the captured CO₂ and then disposing it, Zem can contribute to reducing global warming. The students will continue to improve the vehicle in the coming years, with the goal of making it carbon-neutral for its entire life cycle and eventually hitting the road.

The transport sector is a major polluter, producing about a quarter of the EU’s total carbon emissions a few years ago. Passenger cars are responsible for more than 60 percent of these emissions. To reduce these emissions, 35 students designed, developed and built a car that produces fewer or no emissions both during the production process and on the road. In addition, the team strives for optimal reusability of materials in the future.

Sustainable Electric Car That Cleans The Air While Driving — Zem – CleanTechnica

With more from the dedicated website:

TU/ecomotive – TU/e Student Team Shaping the Future of Sustainable Mobility

They’ve also been in the news:

TU Eindhoven students develop EV that captures CO₂ while driving – Green Car Congress

World’s first ‘carbon neutral car’ unveiled that removes carbon dioxide from the air as it drives | Daily Mail Online

With another story from today’s Mail:

Scientists are developing a train car that can remove 3,000 tonnes of CO2 from the air per year | Daily Mail Online

   
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