By Jordan Arseneault
Toronto, Ontario -- June 15, 2018 -- Volvo has declared its plans to use previously recycled material to make up 25 percent of their vehicles' plastic components by 2025. Currently made up of about five percent recycled plastic, to reach the five-fold increase, future Volvos will be made up of far more ground-up soda bottles, combs and once-loved toys.
"Volvo Cars is committed to minimizing its global environmental footprint," Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars on Monday
Volvo unveiled a test model of its XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV in Gothenburg, Sweden, that it said looks identical to the existing car except that some of its plastic parts were made from recycled material. It was a publicity stunt that garnered international approval, with the United Nations officially backing Volvo’s plan.
It is not the only forward-thinking goal Volvo is striving to reach in the near future. In May, corporate officials announced plans to only make use of plastics which could be recycled, and that it would release electrified versions of all new cars launched after 2019. Last month it said its aim was that fully electric cars would make up half of its global sales by 2025.