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Polestar — What Is It? Who Makes It?

A new electric car.

I tend to watch TV streaming or pre-recorded. I usually don’t catch many TV commercials these days. So, I was surprised to see an ad pop up on my New York Times reading this morning for an all-electric Polestar sedan.

Hmm, never heard of it before, and besides being a gardener, I like cars.

Here’s the website for the Polestar brand. Who the heck makes Polestar, you may ask.

The answer is “A new electric car, from a new electric car company. Polestar was once Volvo’s racing skunkworks, but it’s morphed into a standalone electric offshoot, jointly owned by Volvo and its Chinese mothership, Geely. Its cars are built in China, to be sold worldwide.”

By now you know that every major car manufacturer around the world is racing to develop all-electric vehicles. I think Volvo has committed to an all-electric fleet by something like 2035 — not that far away.

In the $1.85 trillion package now trying to be worked through Congress (who knows what the final number will be?), $500 billion has been allocated for climate change actions. One of them is for a tax deduction/rebate(?) of around $12,000 on the purchase of all-electric cars, with a higher deduction for cars with more American components. You might hold off on purchasing an electric car in the near term.

You will have to wait for my December Disaster Zone column in the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Bulletin where I toss out some impacts to future disasters and the changes and challenges that all-electric cars might present.

I suggest you start noodling that for yourself now.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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