The innovative hydrogen-based steel will be secured as part of a partnership with SSAB with small scale introduction of the steel set to begin in the third quarter of 2022.

The first steel produced with hydrogen will be used in the truck’s frame rails, the backbone of the truck upon which all other main components are mounted.

As the availability of fossil-free steel increases, it will also be introduced in other parts of the truck.

Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice-President of Product Management at Volvo Trucks, said, “We will increase the use of fossil-free materials in all our trucks to make them net-zero not only in operation – but also when it comes to the materials they are built of.

“We are continuously striving to further minimise our climate footprint. We are also moving towards greater circularity in both our operations and our trucks.”

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