Starting from the third quarter of 2022, Volvo Trucks will introduce the use of fossil-free steel in key components of its trucks. All this is made possible due to the cooperation with a global giant in steel manufacturing, the Swedish company SSAB, which is capable to produce the steel using a completely new technology, based on hydrogen.
Fossil-free steel, thanks to the use of hydrogen
The first steel produced with hydrogen will be used in the 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. Today, according to Volvo Trucks, around 30% of the materials in a new Volvo truck come from recycled materials. And up to 90% of the truck can be recycled at the end of its life.
«We will increase the use of fossil-free materials in all our trucks to make them net-zero not only in operation – but also when it comes to the materials they are built of», said Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice President Product Management, Volvo Trucks. «We are continuously striving to further minimize our climate footprint. We are also moving towards greater circularity in both our operations and our trucks».