The world’s first truck manufacturer to do so, Volvo is now introducing fossil-free steel in its trucks. The steel is produced by the Swedish steel company SSAB (earlier post) and the heavy-duty electric Volvo trucks will be the first to include it.
The steel from SSAB is produced using a new technology, based on hydrogen. The result is a much lower climate impact than conventionally produced steel. Small-scale introduction of the steel in Volvo’s heavy electric trucks will begin in the third quarter of 2022.
The steel will first be used in the truck’s frame rails.
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.—Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice President Product Management, Volvo Trucks
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, around 30% of the materials in a new Volvo truck come from recycled materials; up to 90% of the truck can be recycled at the end of its life.
Volvo Group is collaborating with SSAB on fossil-free steel since 2021. The first machine, a load carrier made of fossil-free steel, was showcased in October 2021. Fossil-free steel will be an important complement to the traditional and recycled steel used in Volvo’s trucks.