Moving one step closer to a world that is less dependent on fossil fuels, Swedish manufacturer Volvo has introduced a cargo carrier made of fossil-free steel. The vehicle operates autonomously and may follow a predetermined path at the workplace, Engadget reported.
According to a Report on McKinsey, each tonne of steel produced generates an average of 1.85 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Steel production accounts for eight percent of the world’s annual carbon emissions, and decarbonising production is a major challenge for countries that promise zero emissions by 2050.
In August, we reported on a multi-company Swedish initiative HYBRIT delivered without fossils steel for Volvo for the first time in the world, which marks an important stage in this journey. Now Volvo has introduced its load carrier made of this steel.
As seen in the video, the carrier does not have a driver’s cab, as it works autonomously to transport materials to the workplace. Although the video does not reveal much about the carrier’s capabilities, Engadget said the vehicle also has an electric motor that ensures that operations do not generate emissions.
“The world’s first real vehicle made of SSAB fossil-free steel is a real milestone,” said Martin Lindqvist, president and CEO of SSAB, one of the HYBRIT collaborators. “Our cooperation with the Volvo Group shows that a green transition is possible and brings results. “Technology is replacing fossil fuels used in steel mining with fossil fuels electricity and hydrogen.
However, as Forbes notes, the electric motor of the carrier is not made entirely of fossil steel, therefore the company cannot claim to have made a vehicle entirely without emissions. To respond to the allegations, Volvo’s Chief Technical Officer, Lars Stenkvist, told the publication that three tonnes of green steel had been used to make the truck, while the vehicle weighed more than eight tonnes. However, the total weight also includes heavier components, such as solid tires with high load capacity.
“This SSAB initiative sets a benchmark for a fossil-free future,” said Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of Volvo Group. press release. “Just as the nations of the world come together at COP26 to tackle climate change, so organizations and industries must work together to develop innovative new solutions for the greenhouse gas-free future.”
Volvo also told Engadget that small production of these new carriers would begin next year. With the increase in HYBRIT steel production, Volvo will also launch more concept vehicles and components using this steel in the near future.