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Car manufacturers are pushing to make their cars greener than ever before

Car manufacturers are pushing to make their cars greener than ever before

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Car makers have also been trying to make the entire car-building process as clean as possible, reducing emissions during production and even using eco materials in the cabins.

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Bentley of the future

Bentley might be best known for its luxurious and decadent road cars, but even it can’t ignore the mounting need to make its cars greener. In 2019, it acknowledged how luxury and eco-friendliness could be combined with its EXP 100 GT concept car. 

Bentley EXP 100 GT Concept CarDespite being jaw-droppingly dramatic to look at, each part of its construction had sustainability at heart. For instance, some of the materials had been dyed using a process that ensures zero discharge of chemicals into the environment while other finishers used a material called Vegea, which is a by-product of wine making. 


Seaqual Yarn

Fiat broke new ground by becoming the first manufacturer to utilise Seaqual yarn to upholster its seats. You’ll find it being used on the seats in Cupra’s new Born EV, too. 

Seaqual Yarn InteriorSeaqual is an Italy-based initiative focused on reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean. Its yarn is created using 100 per cent recycled materials, with around 10 per cent of this coming from recovered marine litter. 


Eco-friendly production 

Nearly all manufacturers have pledged to electrify their range over the coming years with many setting clear targets when it comes to going carbon-neutral at their production facilities. This is being achieved in a variety of different ways, from carbon offsetting to using renewable energy at the facilities themselves. 

Image of a Production SiteAs it’s one of the largest carmakers on the planet, changes to Toyota’s production look set to make a big impact. It is already using water-based paints on its cars, while it’s also planning to remove pollutants before they are released into the air. It’s even planning to grow forests inside its factory sites. 


Synthetic fuel

Though electric cars are often seen as the mobility solution for the future, many companies are working on ways to finesse conventional combustion engines through the use of synthetic fuels. 

Image of a Synthetic Fuel Factory Layout Also referred to as eFuels, they’re no different to petrol or diesel in the way they’re used but, rather than being produced from crude oil, are instead created out of CO2 and hydrogen using renewable energy. 


Mini Strip

Mini’s Strip is a one-off creation built in collaboration with fashion designer Paul Smith. Underpinned by the firm’s Electric hatchback, it has a real focus on sustainability which runs through its entire layout. 

Mini InteriorHighlights include an unpainted body - though it’s coated in a film to protect it from corrosion - as well as a panoramic roof crafted from recycled perspex. All unnecessary trim pieces have been removed, too, while eco-friendly cork is used throughout. 


Volvo wool interior

Volvo has been a flagbearer for vehicle sustainability, committing to electrifying its vehicles before many of its key competitors. However, it has also focused on making the cars themselves greener than before through the use of more sustainable materials. 

Volvo Driving Along a RoadOne example of this is its use of wool upholstery. It’s a blend of 30 per cent wool and 70 per cent recycled polyester - and it’s available as a no-cost extra on many of Volvo’s cars, too.