A few months ago, Volvo associates with Swedish steel producer SSAB to develop a type of steel it can use for its vehicles that does not use fossil fuels. Now the automaker has revealed what it says is the world’s first vehicle made from fossil-fuel-free steel: a fully electric four-wheel load carrier designed for quarrying and mining. In addition to having no greenhouse gas emissions, it is also self-sufficient and can follow a pre-programmed route to transport materials to a job site.
SSAB produces steel without fossil fuels by replacing the carbon used during the manufacturing process with hydrogen from electrolysis. As Forbes Note, however, that the entire vehicle is not exactly fossil-free, as the steel used for its components supplied by third-party suppliers, such as its electric motor, was manufactured using traditional means. Still, Volvo Group technical director Lars Stenqvist told the publication that “the majority of the steel” in the vehicle is fossil-free. He said three tons of the carrier’s 8.2 ton weight are made of SSAB green steel, and that eight tons include other heavy components like the vehicle’s tires.
Volvo plans to start small-scale production for the vehicle next year and increase production, depending on the availability of steel from SSAB. The Swedish automaker hopes to start mass production of its fossil-free steel in 2026, so we could see more Volvo vehicles made with this material by then.
Martin Lundstedt, Chairman and CEO of the Volvo Group, said in a statement:
“This initiative with SSAB sets the benchmark for a fossil-free future. Just as the nations of the world come together at COP26 to fight climate change, organizations and industries must also work together to develop new and innovative solutions for greenhouse gas emissions. free future. The Volvo Group is committed to establishing pioneering partnerships like this with SSAB to develop new attractive, safe and efficient vehicles and machines that pave the way for a more sustainable transport and infrastructure system adopted for the future. .
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