Just weeks away from its highly anticipated public debut, the upcoming EX30 small SUV from Volvo is generating excitement as new details emerge. Today, the automaker revealed that this SUV sets a new standard for their lowest total carbon footprint, significantly reducing its environmental impact compared to their current lineup of electric vehicle models.
With a strong emphasis on safety, the small SUV from Volvo has been meticulously designed to provide protection for both occupants and pedestrians, particularly in dense urban environments. While Volvo has long been recognized for its commitment to safety, the automaker is also determined to establish itself as a leader in sustainability. Setting an ambitious goal to become fully electric and achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, Volvo is actively working towards a future that prioritizes environmental responsibility alongside its renowned safety standards.
Volvo is proud to announce a significant milestone in its commitment to reducing CO₂ emissions with the upcoming release of the EX30 SUV. This new model represents Volvo’s most environmentally friendly vehicle yet, with a remarkably low carbon footprint across the entire life cycle of the electric vehicle. This achievement highlights Volvo’s dedication to sustainable mobility and its ongoing efforts to create a greener future.
Volvo’s next SUV has a 25% smaller carbon footprint
In a recent update, Volvo Cars announced a significant achievement in reducing emissions throughout the production and estimated life cycle of its vehicles. The emissions have been successfully lowered to under 30 tons for a distance of 200,000 km or 125,000 miles. This impressive reduction in emissions, based on the usage of charging electricity from the EU27 electricity mix, showcases Volvo’s commitment to environmental sustainability and their efforts to minimize the carbon footprint of their vehicles.
Anders Kärrberg, the global head of sustainability at Volvo Cars, further explained the significance of this accomplishment:
“The introduction of our new EX30 marks a significant milestone in our journey towards sustainability. As part of our ambitious goals, we aim to reduce overall CO₂ emissions per car by 40 percent from 2018 levels by 2025. This reduction will be achieved through a 50 percent decrease in tailpipe emissions and a 25 percent decrease in emissions from our operations, raw material sourcing, and supply chain. These efforts align with our ultimate vision of becoming a climate-neutral company by 2040.”
Volvo achieved a 25 percent reduction in emissions for its upcoming small SUV, the EX30, through several key strategies. Firstly, the smaller size of the vehicle inherently requires fewer materials, resulting in lower emissions. Additionally, Volvo implemented measures to decrease the use of steel and aluminum in the EX30, while also prioritizing the incorporation of recycled materials. Approximately 25 percent of the aluminum and 17 percent of the steel utilized in the production of the SUV are derived from recycled sources. These initiatives contribute to the significant reduction in emissions for the EX30.
Furthermore, the Volvo EX30 showcases a commitment to sustainability through the use of recycled materials. Notably, approximately 17 percent of the plastics used both internally and externally in the vehicle are sourced from recycled materials, marking the highest percentage in any Volvo model thus far. Additionally, the production of the EX30 takes place in a facility powered by a significant amount of climate-neutral energy. This includes the utilization of 100 percent climate-neutral electricity, further reducing the carbon footprint associated with the assembly process.
Volvo’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond its own operations. With 95 percent of its Tier 1 suppliers committed to using 100 percent renewable energy in their production by 2025, Volvo is actively working to reduce carbon emissions across the entire lifecycle of its vehicles. This progress sets the stage for future EVs that will have even lower carbon emissions and contribute to a greener transportation ecosystem.
The global debut of the Volvo EX30 small SUV on June 7th.