Volvo unveils world’s first load carrier made of fossil fuel-free steel

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Volvo unveils world’s first load carrier made of fossil fuel-free steel in a bid to reduce the 68 million tons of CO2 mining trucks produce each year

  • The truck has a giant load carrier at the top, which Volvo says is ideal for mining and quarrying 
  • The truck was made using hydrogen breakthrough ironmaking instead of steel
  • This process replaces fossil fuels both in the manufacture of iron pellets and carbon purification process










Volvo unveiled the world’s first truck made of fossil fuel-free steel Wednesday, in a bid to cut the amount of emissions, water and hazard waste used to make the building material.

The four-wheeled, autonomous vehicle is fully electric, featuring a giant load carrier at the top that makes it ideal for quarrying and mining.

The fossil fuel-free steel is formed using hydrogen breakthrough ironmaking technology (HYBRIT), which uses electricity from renewable sources to create the clean-burning gas.

With this process, hydrogen replaces fossil fuels both in the manufacture of iron pellets and carbon purification process.

The eco-friendly steel used to make Volvo’s was developed by SSAB, a Swedish firm that specializes in making steel from raw materials.

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Volvo unveiled the world’s first truck made of fossil fuel-free steel Wednesday, in a bid to cut the amount of emissions, water and hazard waste used to make the building material

Martin Lindqvist, President and CEO at SSAB, said in a statement: ‘Having the world’s first actual vehicle made using SSAB’s fossil-free steel is a true milestone. Our collaboration with Volvo Group shows that green transition is possible and brings results.

‘Together, we will continue reducing climate impact all the way to the end customer while ensuring that our customers get high-quality steel. We look forward to continuing to work with Volvo Group in research and development to produce more fossil-free steel products.’

The Volvo truck was unveiled by the company’s CEO Martin Lundstedt at a press conference in Copenhagen , where he touted it as an ideal machine for picking up and transporting material around a pre-programed route, Forbes reports. 

‘This initiative with SSAB sets the benchmark for a fossil-free future,’ said Lundstedt.

The fossil fuel-free steel is formed using hydrogen breakthrough ironmaking technology (HYBRIT), which uses electricity from renewable sources to create the clean-burning gas

The fossil fuel-free steel is formed using hydrogen breakthrough ironmaking technology (HYBRIT), which uses electricity from renewable sources to create the clean-burning gas

‘Just as the nations of the world come together at COP26 to address climate change, so too must organizations and industries work in collaboration to develop innovative new solutions for a greenhouse gas emission free future.

‘Volvo Group is committed to pioneering partnerships such as this with SSAB to develop attractive, safe and efficient new vehicles and machines that pave the way for a more sustainable transport and infrastructure system adopted for the future.’

Not only is the vehicle autonomous, but it is emission free.

According to researchers from the Rocky Mountain Institute, traditional mining trucks consume roughly 900,000 liters of diesel per year and consist of up to 50 percent of a mines’ total energy use.

In total, mining trucks emit 68 million tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the total greenhouse gas footprint of Finland or New Zealand. 

The eco-friendly steel used to make Volvo's was developed by SSAB, a Swedish firm that specializes in making steel from raw materials

The eco-friendly steel used to make Volvo’s was developed by SSAB, a Swedish firm that specializes in making steel from raw materials

The unveiling comes after the International Energy Agency called for an end to investments in new coal mines, oil and gas wells in May.

The move is a plea to stop the use of fossil fuel by 2050 in order for there to be any chance of limiting global warming to 2.7F or 1.5C.

The IEA’s executive director, Fatih Birol, said the transformation would create millions of new jobs and boost economic growth worldwide.

He said: ‘The scale and speed of the efforts demanded by this critical and formidable goal – our best chance of tackling climate change and limiting global warming to 1.5C – make this perhaps the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced.’

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