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 said impact, along with steps towards 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 commonplace, 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.
The Overview Effect: a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. Those who have experienced it describe a new understanding of the uniqueness, fragility, and relative smallness of our one and only home. And while it’s easy to imagine the impact this must have; it seems that spaceflight is a prerequisite. Which is why we sat down with Karen Nyberg.
A core principle of sustainability is future-proofing. Keeping items in use saves energy and reduces waste, as they’re thrown away or replaced less often. There are any number of ways to ensure a product doesn’t become obsolete. Durable materials. Timeless design. And OTA software updates, like the latest one available for Polestar 2.
The most innovative ideas are brought about through creative collaboration. Ideas that have the power to change; to revolutionise the status quo and spark social and environmental change. By connecting thoughts, experiences, skills, and intuition, visionary endeavours, like design, can be elevated from good to great.