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Volvo sustainability: several paths leading to the same eco-goal

Being eco-conscious has been the way of life for Volvo Cars since the early 1970’s when the company was among the first to openly acknowledge the harmful environmental effects of motor vehicles, and simultaneously vowed to effect change. Beginning with the invention of the game-changing threeway catalytic converter in 1976, Volvo Cars has been making great strides in building greener cars.

The company has been following a multi-pronged approach in caring for the natural and social environment, with efforts ranging from designing more efficient powertrains through sourcing sustainable materials to cleaning up the company’s operations, whether by banning all single-use plastics from offices and events by 2019, or by making all global manufacturing sites climate-neutral by 2025 (beginning with the Skövde plant in 2018). Volvo has also been supporting scientific research through the Volvo Environment Prize (est. 1990), and encouraging youngsters to stand up for the environment through Volvo Adventure (est. 2002), and through a systematic effort to make its cars safer for asthma and other allergy sufferers, Volvo passengers can now breathe better quality air in their cars than outside.

By presenting the Volvo LCP2000 study in 1982 the Volvo Environment Concept Car in 1992, and then the series production Volvo 850 Bi-fuel in 1996, the company led the industry by example, and promoted the introduction of alternative fuel engines (including hybrids), weight reduction measures and recyclable materials. Volvo built the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid (2013), the world’s first plug-in hybrid seven-seater SUV (2015), and is on a fast track to phase out non-electrified powertrains altogether by 2025, when global sales are expected to be shared equally between battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Volvo Cars Hungary and its 13 retailers have also been able to contribute towards these goals: in 2020, over 21% of all Volvo cars sold in Hungary were plugin electric vehicles, while this ratio was over 37% in case of the XC90 SUV model.

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