Volvo To Go Leather Free | VegNews
This week, Swedish automaker Volvo announced that it will only sell electric vehicles made with leather-free interiors by 2030. “We intend to reduce the leather content in our cars and this will be a gradual transition,” said a Volvo spokesman Roadshow. “We recognize that due to animal welfare concerns, consumers increasingly want leather-free materials.” The company currently sources its raw hides from the beef industry.
The new leather-free electric cars are part of Volvo’s plans to become climate neutral by 2040. In 2020, Volvo introduced the Polestar 2, its first all-electric leather-free vehicle. This week, the car company unveiled its newest electric model, the C40 Recharge, a crossover coupe SUV that also features a leather-free interior.
Car companies are dropping leather
Volvo isn’t the first car company to move away from leather upholstery. Last month, Oliver Heilmer, Head of Design at MINI, announced that the British car company was removing leather upholstery from future models and said: “We will no longer need leather in the future because we do not believe that it is sustainable.” Other automakers, including Audi and BMW, have announced similar initiatives in recent years. Tesla, which has been offering leather-free interiors since 2016, went one step further in 2019 and removed the last remaining leather component from the steering wheel so customers can customize a fully vegan vehicle.