Volvo unveils ‘world’s first’ fossil-free steel vehicle

The concept machine is a load carrier for use in mining and quarrying and is the first of smaller-scale series production planned by 2022

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Volvo Group has launched what it claims is the world’s first vehicle made from fossil-free steel.

The vehicle is a load carrier for use in mining and quarrying and was unveiled at a green steel collaboration event in Gothenburg on Wednesday.

This first concept machine, produced at Volvo’s CE’s facility in Braås, Sweden, is expected to be followed by smaller-scale series production planned by 2022 and mass production set to follow.

Volvo said the move towards green steel is an important step for the company, as well as for the transport and infrastructure industries as a whole, particularly as around 70% of a truck’s weight comes form steel and cast iron, with the figure for Volvo machines even higher.

Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO Volvo Group added: “This initiative with SSAB sets the benchmark for a fossil-free future. Just as the nations of the world come together at COP26 to address climate change, so too must organisations and industries work in collaboration to develop innovative new solutions for a greenhouse gas emission free future.

“Volvo Group is committed to pioneering partnerships such as this with SSAB to develop attractive, safe and efficient new vehicles and machines that pave the way for a more sustainable transport and infrastructure system adopted for the future.”