This is the sleek new Volvo Polestar 4, and Volvo takes pride in showcasing its latest fully electric Polestar model. Manufactured in an ultra-low carbon facility in China, it stands as the greenest Volvo Polestar to date. However, there’s a catch: if you lack access to solar power, the only option for recharging the Volvo Polestar 4 is through coal, clean beautiful coal-powered stations.
Volvo has extensively detailed the how, what, and why of the Polestar 4 being a poster child for low-carbon manufacturing. However, there is a notable omission regarding the energy required to extract the natural resources used in the production of the Volvo Polestar 4.
Navigating the challenge of persuading the public about your commitment to low-carbon or carbon-neutral manufacturing can be a vicious cycle. The most effective approach to solidify your low-carbon credentials is to avoid hypocrisy and instead focus on promoting the “message,” even if it requires some truth-bending.
The Volvo Polestar 4 employs recycled aluminium and hydroelectricity to minimize pollution during the manufacturing process. It’s crucial to note that the keyword is “reduce,” indicating that the Volvo Polestar 4 still generates some level of pollution.
The Polestar 4, first revealed in April, is described as an SUV coupe. It is equipped with a robust 102 kWh battery, providing an anticipated range of up to 373 miles (600 km) per charge. The single-motor version offers 272 hp and 253 lb-ft (343 Nm) of torque to the rear wheels, while the dual motor variant can generate up to 544 hp and 506 lb-ft (686 Nm) of torque, distributing power to all four wheels.
Scheduled to debut in Chinese showrooms this month, sales are projected to commence early next year in other global regions, including the Asia Pacific region, North America, and Europe.