Volvo to use fossil-free steel in its heavy electric trucks

Will Shiers
May 25, 2022

Volvo will be the first truck manufacturer to use fossil-free steel in its vehicles.

The metal, which is manufactured by Swedish steel company SSAB using hydrogen, has a lower climate impact than its conventionally produced equivalent.

It will initially be used in the frame rails of Volvo’s heavy electric trucks, which go into production this autumn.

Jessica Sandström, senior vice president product management, Volvo Trucks, confirmed that as fossil-free steel availability increases, so it will be used in other parts of the truck. 

“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,” she said.  “We are continuously striving to further minimise our climate footprint. We are also moving towards greater circularity in both our operations and our trucks.”

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Will Shiers

Will has been the editor of Commercial Motor magazine since 2011 and is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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