As we wrote in this post, Volvo Trucks started manufacturing electric trucks using fossil-free steel, in view of improved sustainability. Now, the very first electric trucks made with this greener technology are being delivered to customers.
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.
Volvo trucks made with fossil-free steel
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.
“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,” commented Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Volvo Trucks.