Steel is an essential element of the industry, but its manufacture requires the use of several fossil fuels. A method of an old time on the verge of being over.
If, today, electric cars are seen by many as the almost perfect ecological solution, the latter pollute in spite of everything. The design of a car is very costly for the environment, especially the manufacture of steel. This metal, widely used in industry, is indeed polluting and generally requires the use of fossil fuels. But the Swedish company SSAB says it is capable of producing this precious metal without impacting the planet. In collaboration with the manufacturer, also Swedish; Volvo.
For its part, SSAB was already pointed out by announcing the creation of this new kind of steel a few months ago. But this is the first time that such a prototype has seen the light of day. Manufactured at Volvo Construction Equipment’s facilities in Braås, Sweden, this model is expected to be the first on the long list, as the Nordic manufacturer has said it wants to continue developing such vehicles in the future.
A partnership made to last
The presentation took place this week, at a collaboration event on green steel in Gothenburg, the two groups presented their prototype. Present at the announcement, European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton and Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Ibrahim Baylan joined the event along with Martin Lindqvist, CEO of SSAB.
“Our ambition is to use non-fossil fuel steel in all our products, with a step-by-step approach. This machine is proof that we can really progress quickly, when we work together in strong partnerships ” said Melker Jernberg, president of Volvo CE.
While the automaker has already committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040, this partnership should make it possible to reduce the group’s greenhouse gas emissions in a key sector, all too often put on the side of the stage: vehicle manufacturing and machining.
Indeed, the production of electric vehicles, as good as it is for the environment, always has a cost for our planet. Not to mention the recycling of lithium batteries, which is a real problem in itself the design and mass manufacture of a vehicle, even an electric one, has a significant impact on the environment. An impact that Volvo seems to have taken into account in its search for carbon neutrality and that the Swedish company therefore seems to want to erase from its shelves.