In a drive to encourage a clean environment, Volvo Cars have announced an ambitious project to use the recycled plastic material in its newly built cars.
In a statement on Tuesday, Volvo Car President and Chief Executive Officer Håkan Samuelsson said come 2025, at least we will use 25 percent of the recycled material in every unveiled car.
“We will continue to find new ways to bring this into our business,” said Samuelsson.
To show the viability of this ambition, said Samuelsson, the premium car maker has unveiled a specially built version of its XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV that looks identical to the existing model but has had several of its plastic components replaced with equivalents containing recycled materials.
Samuelsson explained that special XC60’s interior has a tunnel console made from renewable fibres and plastics from discarded fishing nets and maritime ropes, saying on the floor, the carpet contains fibres made from PET plastic bottles and a recycled cotton mix from clothing manufacturers’ offcuts.
“The seats also use PET fibres from plastic bottles. We utilise used car seats from old Volvo cars to create the sound-absorbing material under the car bonnet,” added Samuelsson.
Senior Vice President of Global Procurement at Volvo Cars Martina Buchhauser said Volvo is investing in recycled plastic.
“We are working with some great suppliers. we need to increase our availability of recycled plastics if we are to make our ambition a reality.
That is why we call on even more suppliers and new partners to join us in investing in recycled plastics and to help us realise our ambition,” said Buchhauser.
Head of United Nations Erik Solheim encourages other carmakers to follow on the footsteps of Volvo.
“Extensive recycling and reuse of plastic are vital to our efforts to turn the tide on plastic pollution.
Volvo’s move to integrate plastic waste into the design of their next fleet of cars sets a new benchmark we hope others in the car industry will follow. This is proof we can solve this problem by design and innovation,” said Solheim.
In 2017, the company announced an industry-leading commitment to electrify all-new Volvo cars launched after 2019.
In May 2018, Volvo Cars reinforced this strategy, by stating that it aims for electric cars to make up 50 percent of its global sales by 2025.