Volvo Cars to Investigate Fossil-Free Steel
Volvo is teaming up with Swedish steelmaker SSAB to explore the development of fossil-free, high-quality steel for use in the automotive industry through the HYBRIT initiative.
HYBRIT was started by SSAB, iron ore producer LKAB, and energy firm Vattenfall and aims to replace coking coal, traditionally needed for iron ore-based steelmaking, with fossil-free electricity and hydrogen. The result, the companies say, is expected to be the world’s first fossil-free steelmaking technology, with virtually no carbon footprint.
As part of the collaboration, Volvo Cars will be the first carmaker to secure SSAB steel made from hydrogen-reduced iron from HYBRIT’s pilot plant in Sweden. This steel will be used for testing purposes and may be used in a concept car.
In 2026, SSAB aims to supply the market with fossil-free steel at a commercial scale.
Of the total CO2 emissions from the material and production of the components that go into its cars, Volvo says 35 per cent are related to steel and iron production for its traditionally powered cars, and 20 per cent in a fully electric car.
23 July 2021