Volvo Group has revealed the first vehicle made of fossil-free steel produced by Swedish producer SSAB. The machine, a load carrier for use in mining and quarrying, was unveiled at a Volvo collaboration event in Gothenburg.
“Having the world’s first actual vehicle made using SSAB’s fossil-free steel is a true milestone,” says Martin Lindqvist, President and CEO at SSAB. “Our collaboration with Volvo Group shows that green transition is possible and brings results,” he adds.
“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.”
This initiative with SSAB sets the benchmark for a fossil-free future, Lindqvist asserts: “Just as the nations of the world come together at COP26 to address climate change, so too must organisations and industries work in collaboration to develop innovative new solutions for a greenhouse gas emission-free future.”
According to Lundstedt, his organisation 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”.
In 2026, SSAB plans to supply the market with fossil-free steel at a commercial scale, after a conversion of its Oxelösund blast furnaces into an electric arc furnace and by using HYBRIT technology.
This replaces the coking coal traditionally needed for iron ore-based steel-making with fossil-free electricity and hydrogen.
This process is a first step towards the elimination of carbon dioxide-emissions in steel production In August 2021, SSAB presented the world´s first fossil-free steel plate, made from hydrogen-reduced iron produced at HYBRIT’s pilot plant in Luleå, Sweden.
The HYBRIT initiative is a collaboration between SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall, and a key step toward a completely fossil-free value chain for steel-making.