With a number of other car brands embroiled in emissions scandals, Volvo have once again demonstrated their commitment to the environment by becoming the first car maker in the UK to homologate its entire range of cars under the new fuel efficiency and emissions testing procedure ‘Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure’ (WLTP).
WLTP is a new set of tests which puts new cars through a greater range of driving situations (urban, suburban, main road, motorway) improving the consumers ability to understand real-life performance of motor vehicles.
Unlike Volvo, a number of other car manufacturers have been affected by the introduction of WLTP and, as things stand, any brand left with large stockpiles of unsold pre-WLTP cars won’t be able to sell them to customers, potentially forcing them to scrap them before they reach showrooms.
Volvo Cars have also announced its ambition that from 2025, at least 25% of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material. To demonstrate the viability of this ambition, the company has unveiled a specially-built version of its XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV that looks identical to the existing model, but has had several of its plastic components replaced with equivalents containing recycled materials.
A further demonstration of their commitment to minimise their global environmental footprint is the fact that all Volvo European factories are powered entirely by renewable energy using hydro-electricity or wind power. In terms of operations, Volvo Cars aims to have climate-neutral manufacturing operations by 2025. In January this year, the engine plant in Skövde, Sweden, became its first climate-neutral facility.
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