OSLO — Norsk Hydro will supply low-carbon aluminum to Mercedes-Benz from 2023 for various models, including electric EQ models, as the automaker plans to decarbonize its supply chain, it says. Both companies said.
Already using Hydro-supplied components, Mercedes aims to be almost carbon-aluminum-free by the end of 2030, halving its CO2 emissions by 2030 and becoming CO2-neutral by 2039. is the goal.
Manufacturers of electric vehicles are using more aluminum to reduce weight and increase range. The battery itself also contains lightweight metals.
“This is an important signal to accelerate change in the aluminum industry and increase the availability of low-carbon aluminum,” Mercedes CTO Markus Schaefer said in a statement.
A fully electric Mercedes car could contain more than 700 kg of aluminum, including the battery, the automaker said.
The two companies also plan to collaborate on further research on how to use low-carbon and recycled aluminum in vehicles.
Hydro’s low carbon product, Reduxa 3.0, has a carbon footprint of less than 3 kg per kg of aluminum produced, 1 kg less than Hydro’s current low carbon standards for primary metals.
The global average for 2021 was 16.7 kg CO2 per kg of aluminum.
“This is a pretty big milestone,” Eivind Kallevik, head of Hydro’s aluminum metal business, told Reuters.
“Last year we said we would produce the 3.0 by 2025, and now we are already planning to produce it in 2023. Not only will we produce it, but we will also be able to sell it to one of our most demanding customers.”
The process involves using scrap Hydro sources from the market at one of its main factories in Norway and recycling it for use in Mercedes vehicles.
“Since materials must comply with primary metal standards, it is important to understand the types of scrap that can be used,” says Kallevik.
He declined to say how much he expected Hydro to sell to Mercedes as a result of the deal, but said the amount was “meaningful”.