Swedish firm, Mercedes team up

New passenger car fleet to be carbon dioxide-neutral

Reuters September 02, 2021


Swedish steelmaker SSAB said on Wednesday it had partnered with Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz to introduce fossil fuel-free steel into vehicle production, with prototype parts for body shells planned for next year. SSAB plans to supply the market with fossil-free steel at a commercial scale in 2026, using the Hybrit system to replace coking coal, traditionally needed for iron ore-based steelmaking, with electricity and hydrogen. Green steel venture Hybrit (Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology) is created and owned by SSAB, Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall and Swedish miner LKAB. Mercedes-Benz expects that by 2039 its new passenger car fleet will become carbon dioxide-neutral along the entire value chain. SSAB had in June partnered with Volvo Cars to jointly explore the development of fossil-free steel for use in the automotive industry. 

Published in The Express Tribune, September 2nd, 2021.

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