Future Volvo cars To Get 25 Per Cent Recycled Plastics From 2025
Swedish luxury automaker Volvo has announced that the future Volvo cars starting from 2025 will have 25 per cent of the plastics made from recycled material. The automaker has also urged the industry suppliers to work more closely with all automakers to make next-generation components that are more sustainable. However, to show off the plan Volvo unveiled a special XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV that looks just like the regular model, but is made up of lots of recycled plastics.
Talking about the decision, Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars said, “Volvo Cars is committed to minimizing its global environmental footprint. Environmental care is one of Volvo’s core values and we will continue to find new ways to bring this into our business. This car and our recycled plastics ambition are further examples of that commitment.”
At the inside, the newly revealed XC60 T8 gets a tunnel console made from renewable fibres and plastics from discarded fishing nets and maritime ropes while the carpet on the floor of the SUV is made up of fibres made from PET plastic bottles and a recycled cotton mix from clothing manufacturers’ offcuts. Apart from these, the seats of the car also use PET fibres from plastic bottles while the used car seats from old Volvo cars were used to create the sound-absorbing material under the car bonnet.
Also speaking about the announcement, Martina Buchhauser, Senior Vice President - Global Procurement, Volvo Cars said, “We already work with some great, forward-thinking suppliers when it comes to sustainability. However, we do need increased availability of recycled plastics if we are to make our ambition a reality. That is why we call on even more suppliers and new partners to join us in investing in recycled plastics and to help us realize our ambition.”
Volvo showcased the new XC60 T8 SUV at the Ocean Summit during the Gothenburg Volvo Ocean Race stopover. The race focuses on sustainability centres on a partnership with the United Nations Environment Clean Seas campaign, focussing on the call to action, ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’.;
Talking about the initiative by Volvo, Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment said, “Extensive recycling and reuse of plastic is vital to our efforts to turn the tide on plastic pollution. Volvo’s move to integrate plastic waste into the design of their next fleet of cars sets a new benchmark that we hope others in the car industry will follow. This is proof that this problem can be solved by design and innovation.”
The initiative of using recycled plastics in the vehicles is the most progressive statement around the use of recycled plastic by any premium automotive manufacturer. However, this is not the first time Volvo cars have showed their commitment towards reducing its impact on the environment across all operations and products. Earlier, in May this year Volvo Cars committed to eradicate single-use plastics across all its premises and events by the end of 2019. In 2017 also the Swedish automaker announced the electrification of all the Volvo cars in the market launched after 2019. Also, last month Volvo Cars reinforced this strategy, by aiming for fully electric cars to make up 50 per cent of its global sales by 2025.
Taking the initiative forward, the engine plant in Skövde, Sweden by Volvo Volvo became its first climate-neutral facility in January 2018 as Volvo Cars aims to have climate-neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.
Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the future Volvo Cars.;
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