What will it take to build an entirely net zero car by 2030—the moonshot of the automotive industry?
Industry leaders are leaving no stone unturned to achieve their goal, as a net zero car means no carbon was emitted from the get-go through end of life. Many OEMs are setting aggressive decarbonization targets to meet the challenge and considering everything from EV manufacture to energy sourced, and from the vehicles that deliver parts up- and downstream the supply chain, all the way through material recycling and battery second life.
Building a car with zero CO2 means finding and eliminating all CO2 emissions linked to the supply chain: from mining, material refining, and production; to land, air, and sea transportation—rather than just planting trees to offset carbon emissions.
Developing strategies to address the challenges is key because achieving large-scale decarbonization is a long-term endeavor. This herculean effort requires industry participants to adopt and scale new technologies that reduce process emissions while allowing for the increased use of recycled materials. The automotive manufacturing ecosystem’s path toward the zero carbon car will require OEMs to collaborate with other ecosystem players to ensure the path is both efficient and cost-effective. Coordination of the path and players lies at the very heart of the challenge.
Analog Devices (ADI) has set goals to become carbon neutral by 2030 and achieve a net zero by 2050 and is working with partners to reduce the environmental impact of making and driving EVs. ADI is exploring ways to improve EV battery sustainability via repair, refurbishment, and repurposing while ensuring responsible sourcing with blockchain to trace risk minerals and promote an ethical and transparent supply chain. Automotive industry ecosystem players like Dassault Systèmes, Polestar, and Switch Mobility are on a mission to enrich lives through green mobility with lightweight architecture, net zero carbon technologies, data analytics, and software.
Explore the conversations below in which industry leaders detail their perspectives on solving the challenges of building sustainable electric cars that contribute to a sustainable society.
- Greg Henderson, SVP, Automotive, Communications, and Aerospace, Analog Devices
- Peter Freedman, Chief Sustainability Officer and CMO, Switch Mobility
- Laurence Montanari, VP Transportation & Mobility, Dassault Systèmes
- Hans Pehrson, Head of 0 Project, Polestar
- Peter Campbell, Global Motor Industry Correspondent, Financial Times
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