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The New Volvo EX30 is the Brand’s Cleanest EV Yet

According to the life cycle assessment, the Volvo EX30’s carbon footprint is 60 % smaller than the petrol-powered XC40

The debate as to whether EVs are “cleaner” than ICE vehicle is still a thing. With this in mind, Volvo has assessed the EX30’s carbon footprint via a life cycle assessment (LCA) and discovered that it’s roughly 40% the size of its popular small petrol SUV, the XC40.


The LCA, or carbon footprint analysis, pinpoints the primary materials and processes responsible for the vehicle’s emissions. Concentrating solely on the emissions of greenhouse gases, the analysis spans the entire life cycle of the car, beginning with the extraction and refinement of raw materials and concluding with the disposal of the car at the end of its life.

“Transitioning to electric cars is key to limiting climate change, but increased transparency about its challenges is needed to reduce their emissions even further,” says Jonas Otterheim, head of climate action at Volvo Cars. “By studying the EX30’s carbon footprint and identifying its primary materials and processes, we aim to provide valuable insights that can help guide decisions in our company towards becoming more sustainable, as well as amongst the wider industry.”


The LCA also provides extra valuable insight. For example, charging the EX30 with electricity generated from wind power significantly lowers its carbon footprint by about 42% and 22% compared to the average global and European electricity mixes, respectively. This emphasizes the importance of increasing investments in renewable energy infrastructure worldwide.


Volvo has so far detailed the Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) of the carbon footprint for three of their fully electric vehicles introduced since 2019, including the Volvo EX40 and EC40 (previously known as XC40 Recharge and C40).


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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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