The impacts of our products
Safer and cleaner mobility
Optimising the life-cycle performance of our cars, delivering real-life safety and ensuring you breathe clean air are key for Volvo Cars. Here’s how we deliver on these commitments.
1 million electrified vehicles sold by 2025
Electric cars are our future. Our first fully electric car will be available for sale in 2019. All our new Volvo cars from 2019 will have an electric motor in either a plug-in hybrid, mild-hybrid or fully-electric configuration. And we’re aiming for electric cars to make up 50 per cent of our total sales by 2025.
In 2017, we became the first global car company to commit to electrification, a landmark industry-first pledge that was recognised by the United Nations in the UN’s 2017 Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
“This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”
No one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020
For Jan Ivarsson, Head Of The Volvo Cars Safety Centre, “real-life safety means developing our safety systems based on real collision scenarios with real people. Inside and outside the vehicle. Helping drivers avoid collisions thanks to intelligent warnings and, if needed, autobrake systems and steering assistance.”
The top-three best-ever performing vehicles at the Euro NCAP test are all Volvos. We care about all road users, not just drivers: in 2017, Volvo became the first car maker to achieve the maximum safety rating for pedestrian collision avoidance with the S90 and V90. Furthermore, the City Safety functionality is standard on new Volvo cars.
Healthy air inside our cars
Volvo Cars is proud of delivering a constant stream of human-centric innovations – such as CleanZone, the feature that makes air inside our cars healthy, however bad the air quality outside. All air passes through a filter that reduces the level of dust, pollen and other particles, while an active charcoal layer acts on chemical odours, and filters out harmful substances such as exhaust gas particles.
For Anders Löfvendahl, Function Owner, Air Quality, “the opportunity to improve people’s quality of life is one of the most rewarding things about working at Volvo Cars.”
Volvo Cars’ recycled plastics vision
Environmental care is one of Volvo Cars’ core values, and we’re constantly finding new ways to reduce our environmental impact.
Volvo Cars has an ambition that at least 25% of all plastics in cars launched after 2025 will be made from recycled material. This is the most progressive statement around the use of recycled plastic by any premium automotive manufacturer.
« This car demonstrates our commitment to our recycled plastics ambition and how, together with our supply base, we can make it without compromising on quality and design. »
The XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid demo car
In support of UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign and to demonstrate the viability of this ambition, we have created this specially-built version of our Volvo XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV. The car looks identical to the existing model but more than 170 parts are replaced with parts containing recycled materials – reusing more than 60kg of materials.
We will use this vehicle to help shape our future use of recycled plastic.
In this Volvo XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV demo car, 170 parts contain recycled materials.