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Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu, Sichuan

26 Jan 2021

Polestar Production Centre

Architecture: Snøhetta

Location: Chengdu, China

Polestar in Chengdu: the guiding star for sustainable manufacturing

Polestar Production Centre Chengdu

• Polestar Production Centre first car factory in China to attain Gold status in LEED ratings, facilities powered by 100% renewable electricity
• Polestar takes holistic approach to sustainable production in China, recognises social responsibility and includes the local community
• Designed by internationally renowned architects and design company, Snøhetta, atrium garden and in- and outdoor spaces focus on collaboration

With Polestar’s state-of-the-art production facility in Chengdu, China, where the Polestar 1 is produced, Polestar guides the industry towards a more sustainable future.

Polestar Production Centre Chengdu

The Polestar Production Centre is the only automobile plant in China to have earned Gold status in the globally recognised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, making it one of the most environmentally responsible car factories in the country. LEED , measures environmental performance in building design, construction and use.

Designed by celebrated Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, the facility embodies the next level of automotive manufacturing, focusing on energy-efficient buildings, efficient land usage, as well as employee wellbeing.

Polestar Production Centre Chengdu

As a result of a newly signed supply contract, the factory runs on 100% renewable electricity. Around 65% of the electricity supplied is now hydroelectric, while the remainder comes from solar, wind and other renewable sources. It is one of the latest concrete steps toward Polestar’s goal of becoming climate neutral.

Polestar Production Centre Chengdu

The factory has no industrial water discharge and is implementing a circular approach to waste handling, including the recycling of its waste carbon fibre material and reduction of landfill waste.

Polestar recognises the importance of contributing to the community, by being a responsible employer and by safeguarding the factory’s surroundings from pollution.

The Polestar Production Centre has been created as an inclusive workplace where employees can develop their abilities in optimal conditions, surrounded by good indoor air quality, lighting and reduced noise. By providing lectures on sustainability for employees and their families, Polestar is also raising environmental awareness in the local community.

Polestar Production Centre Chengdu

Meeting spaces have been created both inside and outside the building to encourage spontaneous collaboration and social engagement across disciplines, simultaneously utilising the building’s surrounding green spaces. This not only promotes cross-functional interaction but helps to foster innovation by allowing the sharing of information and ideas across departments.

“For Polestar, sustainability is not just about the electric powertrain. It impacts everything we do. We want to promote sustainable manufacturing in China. This objective entails a relentless pursuit of circular and climate-neutral solutions, and also being a responsible employer and presence in the area,” says Fredrika Klarén, Head of Sustainability at Polestar.

The Polestar Production Centre in Chengdu embodies Polestar’s vision of being a guiding star fully-fledged vehicle manufacturer, and demonstrates how China is able to lead sustainable production.

Polestar Production Centre Chengdu

About Polestar
Polestar is the independent Swedish premium electric performance car brand founded by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding. Established in 2017, Polestar enjoys specific technological and engineering synergies with Volvo Cars and benefits from significant economies of scale as a result. The company is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and retails its vehicles in ten global markets across Europe and North America, and in China.

Polestar produces two electric performance cars. The Polestar 1 is a low-volume electric performance hybrid GT with a carbon fibre body, 609 hp, 1,000 Nm and an electric-only range of 77 miles (WLTP) – the longest of any hybrid car in the world. The Polestar 2 electric performance fastback is the company’s first fully electric, high volume car. Polestar 2 launched in 2020 with an all-wheel drive electric powertrain that produces 408 hp and 660 Nm, with a maximum range of 292 miles (WLTP).

In the future, the Polestar 3 electric performance SUV will join the portfolio, as well as the Precept – a design study vehicle released in 2020 that is slated for future production. Precept showcases the brand’s future vision in terms of sustainability, digital technology and design.

Photography: Polestar

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