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NewsVolvo Says EX30 Will Be its Lowest Carbon Footprint Model Yet

Volvo Says EX30 Will Be its Lowest Carbon Footprint Model Yet

It's not easy being green

  • More recycled materials, more renewable energy

  • EX30 should have half the footprint of gas XC40


Automakers know they need to do more than just reduce tailpipe emissions by introducing EVs. They need to remove carbon emissions from the entire production cycle, and they’re doing that in a more visible way than any other industry. Volvo’s EX30 is a solid example of that, and the company says it will have the lowest carbon footprint of any Volvo vehicle ever built.

The Volvo EX30 will have a total carbon footprint of under 30 tonnes over 200,000 km of driving. That’s 25 percent lower than its C40 and XC40 EVs, which themselves offer 30 to 50 percent less carbon emissions than their gas counterparts. The company’s numbers put the EX30 at around half the carbon emissions of a gas XC40 over 200,000 km, including the emissions from construction.

Volvo started by building a smaller car. Smaller vehicles use less material, and that lowers emissions from the start. From there, Volvo says it is using less steel and aluminum, while more of it is recycled.

Around 25 percent of the aluminum used in the Volvo EX30 will be recycled and around 17 percent of steel. Volvo has been working with suppliers to produce fossil-free steel, committing to sourcing half of its steel that way by 2030 and all of it by 2050.

Inside, around 17 percent of the EX30’s plastics will be recycled, the company’s highest percentage yet. Helping to get rid of plastics altogether, Volvo will be using denim, flax, and a wool blend. The denim material comes from scraps of the material which would normally have been waste. It can also be made using recycled jeans.

Volvo’s EX30 factory will be powered by 100 percent climate-neutral electricity, with Volvo saying all energy will be highly climate-neutral. It is asking its suppliers to make the same commitment, with 95 percent of Tier 1 suppliers committing to 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.

Traceability of raw materials including lithium, manganese, cobalt, and graphite help ensure that those materials are being ethically sourced.

Lastly, there is the car’s end of life. Volvo says that the EX30 is designed so that 95 percent of it can be recovered. Most through recycling, but also by “recovering energy from what can’t be recovered.”

The Volvo EX30 will be revealed on June 7.

 

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