Volvo Unveils First Fossil Fuel-Free Steel Vehicle

Volvo has unveiled what it says is the world’s first vehicle made from steel without fossil fuels. The cargo transporter, developed for use in mines and quarries, was presented at an event in Gothenburg.

The Volvo machine was produced in Sweden, the manufacturer’s homeland.

In 2026, SSAB – a Swedish steel products manufacturing company – plans to supply the market with fossil fuel-free steel on a commercial scale. For this, it will convert its ovens in Oxelösund into an electric arc furnace and use HYBRIT technology. This replaces the coal traditionally needed for iron ore-based steel production with electricity without fossil fuels and hydrogen.

This process update is a decisive step towards drastically reducing carbon dioxide emissions in steel production. In fact, HYBRIT is a collaboration between SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall that aims to mitigate emissions associated with steel production.

In August of this year, the SSBA managed to show the world's first steel plate produced without any fossil fuels using the technology described in Luleå, Sweden.


A big step for Volvo... and for the world

At an event in Gothenburg, Volvo revealed what it claims to be the world's first vehicle made of steel without fossil fuels. Produced in Sweden, the load carrier is intended for use in mines and quarries. According to the manufacturer, 2022 will receive more vehicles and components that use steel without fossil fuels.

Having the world's first vehicle to be manufactured using SSAB fossil-free steel is a real milestone […] We look forward to continuing to work with the Volvo Group in research and development to produce more fossil-free steel products.

Said Martin Lindqvist, CEO of SSAB.

Remember that Volvo is pledged to be climate neutral by 2040. So, because the entire production chain has an impact, along with the electrification of its vehicles, the manufacturer is effectively moving in the promised direction.

This initiative with SSAB sets the benchmark for a future without fossils.

These are Martin Lundstedt, CEO of Grupo Volvo.

More than that, it revealed that Volvo is committed to “pioneering partnerships like this one with SSAB for develop new attractive, safe and efficient vehicles and machines to pave the way for a more sustainable transport and infrastructure system”.