Volvo delivers electric trucks with fossil-free steel to customers
As the world’s first truck manufacturer to do so, Volvo has begun using fossil-free steel in its trucks. The first electric trucks with fossil-free steel are now being delivered to customers.
In September this year, Volvo Trucks started series production of
heavy-duty electric, 44 tonne* trucks, as the first global truck
manufacturer to achieve this. Some of the electric trucks will also be
the first trucks in the world that are built with fossil-free steel.
“Our journey to net zero emissions includes both making our vehicles
fossil free in operation and over time fully replacing the material in
our trucks with fossil-free and recycled alternatives,” says Jessica
Sandström, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Volvo Trucks.
The fossil-free steel is produced by the Swedish steel manufacturer
SSAB and is made by using a completely new technology with fossil-free
electricity and hydrogen. The result is a significantly lower climate
impact and an important step towards a net-zero emissions value chain.
Among the customers that will have fossil-free steel in some of their
electric trucks are Amazon and DFDS and, through the transport company
Simon Loos, Unilever.
“At Amazon, we are on the way to make all of our operations net-zero
carbon by 2040. We need partners like Volvo to make this transition
happen,” says Andreas Marschner, Vice President Transportation Services
Europe at Amazon.
“DFDS is committed to our green transition and to deliver greener
transport and logistics solutions. Any step in the green transition of
logistics brings us closer to a carbon free society and we are therefore
happy to learn that some of our new electric trucks soon to be
delivered are also produced with fossil free steel,” says Niklas
Andersson, EVP of DFDS Logistics Division.
The first steel produced with hydrogen is being used in the electric
truck’s frame rails, the backbone of the truck upon which all other main
components are mounted. As the availability of fossil-free steel
increases, it will also be introduced in other parts of the truck.
90% of a Volvo truck can be recycled
Volvo Trucks is committed to the Paris agreement on climate change and to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the entire value-chain by 2040, at the latest.