Volvo was one of the first car manufacturers to announce that it would include some sort of electrification on every vehicle. The Swedish car manufacturer has also said that it is aiming to sell only electric vehicles by 2030. Now the company has set another goal of shunning leather in all these new cars. Volvo said it will start making leather-free cars more frequently so that it can totally get rid of leather by 2030. The company plans to implement this with the Volvo C40 Recharge EV. The vehicle will not have even one swatch of leather.
With each new electric vehicle, Volvo said that it has plans to introduce a new way of upholstering with zero-leather. However, the changes are not going to happen overnight. This is obviously going to take a lot of planning. This is because Volvo is in the business of manufacturing luxury and premium cars. And luxury car buyers want the finest quality of materials. This makes it more complicated for the brand, which is searching for sustainable sources of new materials that it can use in the interiors of future cars. The material which the company is looking for may be made from recycled bottles, wool from certified responsible sources, and others.
The company is confident of finding suppliers that can handle its vegan interiors. It has already set a target of replacing one-fourth of its material used in cars by 2025. Recycled and bio-based content would be used to replace these materials. The main reason behind Volvo’s transition is environmental concerns. The company wants to reduce the negative environmental impact of cattle farming and deforestation. The company said that it wants to address all areas of sustainability and not just carbon emission. The company is also looking for ways to reduce the use of plastics, rubber, and lubricants. “Going leather-free is a step in the right direction but it is not sufficient and therefore will adopt 360 degrees approach,” the company said.