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Volvo builds a world-first vehicle using fossil-free steel

Volvo builds a world-first veh...
Volvo has launched what it says is the world's first vehicle to be made with fossil-free steel
Volvo has launched what it says is the world's first vehicle to be made with fossil-free steel
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Volvo has launched what it says is the world's first vehicle to be made with fossil-free steel
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Volvo has launched what it says is the world's first vehicle to be made with fossil-free steel

Back In August we saw the world's very first "fossil-free" steel delivery make its way to Volvo in Sweden, marking a significant milestone in the shift toward renewable energy. Volvo has now fashioned this into a lorry that is both a load carrier for mining operations and beacon of greener vehicle construction, with production slated for next year.

The fossil-free steel that forms Volvo's new load carrier is made by Swedish outfit SSAB, and the production process involves a few key tweaks in the spirit of sustainability. The method uses hydrogen instead of coal and coke as a reductant, and the coal-fired blast furnace traditionally used in steel production is replaced with an electric variant running on renewable energy. The iron ore used comes from "fossil free" mining operations, according to Volvo.

The result is a metal with exactly the same characteristics as standard steel, but produced without using fossil fuels. SSAB plans to begin producing its fossil-free steel at scale in 2026, while Volvo plans to have an entirely climate-neutral business by 2050, including its supply chain. As it stands, steel production accounts for 7 to 8 percent of global anthropogenic carbon emissions.

In the meantime, the pair have shared the early fruits of their collaboration, rolling out a load carrier for use in mining and quarry operations. According to Volvo, this concept will be followed by a small-scale series production in 2022, and mass production some time after that.

“Having the world´'s first actual vehicle made using SSAB´'s fossil-free steel is a true milestone. Our collaboration with Volvo Group shows that green transition is possible and brings results,” says Martin Lindqvist, President and CEO at SSAB. “Together, we will continue reducing climate impact all the way to the end customer while ensuring that our customers get high-quality steel. We look forward to continuing to work with Volvo Group in research and development to produce more fossil-free steel products.”

You can check out the promo video below.

Green steel: Volvo Group launches world’s first vehicle using fossil-free steel

Source: Volvo

5 comments
5 comments
michael_dowling
That is good news,but I was expecting them to say the vehicle was diesel powered. I am delighted to report it is electric powered as well! https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidrvetter/2021/10/13/this-is-the-worlds-first-fossil-free-steel-vehicle-autonomous-electric-and-a-volvo/?sh=2c57ff527a68 Why did they not report this as well in this story?
Bodger
Don't tell me. The "mining lorry" will be going into service in a coal strip mine. Right?
Matty E.
And the only tiny detail they don't mention is that this steel costs 20x as much to produce as by the regular method. But hey, What's a few million bucks between friends?
Steve Barry
Slap a Diesel engine in it and it will be ready to help mine the oil sands in Alberta, Canada. So much for all of Volvo’s virtue signalling. A pointless exercise.
Eddy
Clean green steel manufactured vehicle manufactured for what!!!! mining, coal??