Volvo announced that all its new fully-electric vehicles will have assembly lines that will be completely leather-free. The company made this announcement that it is doing so the company is taking both a stand against animal cruelty and a step toward fighting climate change. The company plans to switch to a wool blend interior.The automaker is owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and has committed to making its entire fleet of vehicles completely vegan-friendly by the end of the decade, when it plans to sell only fully electric cars.
Volvo made a statement in the press release that the company’s move towards leather-free interiors is also driven by a concern about the negative environmental impacts of cattle farming, including deforestation. The company also added that livestock is estimated to be responsible for around 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activity, with the majority coming from cattle farming. Stuart Templar Volvo director of global sustainability said as a progressive car maker means we need to address all areas of sustainability, not just CO2 emissions.