Leather-Free: Volvo Making Changes To All-Electric Interiors

Moving forwards, all future all-electric types from Volvo will sport leather-free interiors, starting with the C40 Recharge. The automaker wants all of its cars to be electric and cruelty-free by 2030.

Volvo C40 Recharge Interior
Volvo will promote animal welfare and sustainability in hope that others follow © Credit to Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars are making some changes — changes that will alter the fabric of its cars for the better. Literally, in this case, as it looks to do away with leather in a bid to promote animal welfare in the hope that it inspires other automakers to do the same.

The Swedish automaker will instead look to alternatives made from bio-based and recycled sources. By 2025, Volvo wants 25% of the materials used in its cars to consist of these materials.

“Responsible sourcing is an important part of that work, including respect for animal welfare. Going leather-free inside our pure electric cars is a good next step towards addressing this issue,” says Stuart Templar, director of global sustainability at Volvo Cars.

One example the automaker gives is a material known as Nordico. This material will consist of textiles made from recycled PET bottles, bio-attributed material from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, and corks recycled from the wine industry.

Recycled Materials Textiles made from recycled materials will be used in future © Credit to Volvo Cars

Volvo will continue to offer wool blend options from certified suppliers.

Volvo’s reasoning for switching to leather-free interiors is based on fact. “Livestock is estimated to be responsible for around 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activity, with the majority coming from cattle farming,” says Volvo, in the press release tied to this announcement.

These animal-conscious changes align with Volvo’s continued electric efforts as it looks to become a “fully circular business by 2040.”

In terms of when Volvo’s electric efforts come into action, the automaker wants half of its global vehicles sales to be electric by 2025 and nothing but electric by 2030.

The first EV to be leather-free is the new C40 Recharge, followed by the rest of its electric range in time.

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