PHOTO: Volvo 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
VOLVO has announced its ambition that from 2025, at least 25% of the plastics used in every new car will be made from recycled material.
Volvo also urged auto industry suppliers to work more closely with car makers to develop
To demonstrate the viability of this ambition, the company has unveiled a specially-built version of its XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV that looks identical to the existing
The XC60's interior has a tunnel console made from renewable fibres and plastics from discarded fishing nets and maritime ropes. 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. Used car seats from old Volvo cars were used to create the sound-absorbing material under the car bonnet.
The recycled-plastics XC60 was revealed at the Ocean Summit during the Gothenburg Volvo Ocean Race stopover. The race's focus on sustainability centres on a partnership with the United Nations Environment Clean Seas campaign, focussing on the call to action, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic'.
The recycled plastics ambition is the most progressive statement
In 2017, the company announced an industry-leading commitment to electrify
In terms of operations, Volvo Cars