Nobody dies in a new Volvo by 2020
By pushing technological boundaries, we have reduced the risk of being hurt in an accident when in a Volvo by 50% since 2000. And we’re going much further, with our goal that nobody should die or be seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020.
A catalyst for change
When engineers in America tested a Volvo in 1976, they thought their equipment was broken because the emissions readings were so low. But Volvo had fitted the world’s first three-way catalytic converter (Lambda Sond), cutting hazardous exhaust emissions by around 90 per cent. We realised how important that was for the world and left the patent open. Today, almost every engine in the world uses it.
Average CO2 emissions from Volvo cars in EU (g/km) 2007-2013
Total energy consumption in car production (MWh) 2007-2013
Total CO2 emissions from production (tonnes) 2007-2013
Total hazardous waste from production (tonnes) 2007-2013
Great ideas come from within
“We’re always curious and open to new ideas,” explains Karin. “We get a lot of information, and inspiration, from studying customer behaviour and the challenges facing society – both today and in the future. Most of our ideas, however, come from within. From our dedicated colleagues around the world.”
In order to collect these ideas, Volvo organises an annual global innovation week known officially as Innovation GiG – Global Idea Generation.