Sustainable automotive steel
Right now, Docol® steels can improve your car’s life cycle assessments – and, in 2026, many of our AHSS products will be available fossil-free.
Your game-changing, carbon-neutral vehicle – made from fossil-free steel – might be closer than you think. In 2026, SSAB will offer fossil-free versions of automotive AHSS steels – with the same premium performance properties as today’s grades.
The big difference is that all processes – including the production of hydrogen for our direct reduced iron or DRI – will be done using 100% fossil-free energy. For both OEMs and Tier 1s, fossil-free steel means you will be able to use a familiar and trusted high-strength material that very favorably improves your vehicle’s Life Cycle Assessment.
Our breakthrough fossil-free technology is the first true steelmaking transformation for centuries. SSAB customers around the world will still get premium high-strength steel, just adapted to the future.
We’ve already entered into multiple fossil-free partnerships with car OEMs and Tier One suppliers. These partnerships will result in the first truly sustainable steel applications for the cars of tomorrow.
With HYBRIT technology, SSAB aims to be the first steel company in the world to bring fossil-free steel to the market already in 2026. SSAB will be practically fossil free by 2030. Together with our partners and customers, SSAB aims to create a fossil-free value chain, from the mine to the end-product.
Car designers have a choice of lightweight structural materials: aluminum, carbon fiber reinforced plastics, even magnesium. But those materials have carbon footprints that are several times that of advanced high-strength steel. And Docol® AHSS is produced in one of the world’s cleanest steel production processes. Find out how to future-proof your life cycle assessment (LCA) today.
Comparison of kg CO2 per kg of material produced
Read more about the environmental performance of the Docol products in the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). They are third-party reviewed in accordance with ISO 14025 and EN 15804.