Volvo is ditching leather interiors and making its cars fully electric in the next decade, according to reports.
The manufacturer is to ‘phase out all car models with internal combustion engines’ by 2030. This also includes hybrids – which were previously predicted to make up half of Volvo’s sales in 2025.
Henrik Green is Volvo’s chief technology officer. He said the brand ‘needed to switch focus’ – adding: “There’s no long-term future for cars with an internal combustion engine.”
Volvo’s first leather-free electric car
The first all-electric model with a leather-free interior is the 2022 C40 Recharge crossover coupe SUV. It is available exclusively online.
A Volvo spokesperson told Roadshow: “We intend to reduce leather content in our cars and this will be a gradual transition.
“We’re conscious that consumers increasingly want leather-free materials, due to concerns over animal welfare.
“We acknowledge these concerns, even though all of Volvo Cars’ current leather supply is responsibly sourced and all rawhides supplied to Volvo Cars are byproducts from the beef industry.”
However, most Volvo cars aren’t vegan-friendly as they feature ‘adhesives and other products with animal-product-derived formulas’.
Volvo isn’t the only car brand to signal a shift away from animal leather. BMW-owned brand Mini recently announced all of its future car models will feature leather-free interiors.
The company will instead use a 100 percent recycled fabric for its seats, and a 70 percent recycled fabric for the lining underneath.
Moreover, Oliver Heilmer, Mini’s Head of Design, said: “We don’t need leather anymore in the future… We don’t believe it’s sustainable.
“We’re totally convinced that we will have modern and high-value products without leather… We’re looking to create a timeless design. A one-season design, like fashion, isn’t our aim with the design of future Minis.”