In recent years, sustainability has become a growing trend in the automotive industry. While not everyone in the manufacturing sector has yet to shift to a greener operation, many notable luxury car brands are becoming frontrunners in sustainable change. These premium automakers are making more conservative vehicle production choices and opting for environmentally-friendly car interior solutions. Here are six luxury cars that offer sustainable or vegan-friendly interiors.
1. Tesla Model 3
Tesla has been offering cloth interiors as an alternative to leather since 2016. The company is also known to have been working closely with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on manufacturing synthetic leather. Tesla Model 3 is one of the company’s premium cars that is 100% vegan-friendly as the vehicle’s interior is entirely made out of synthetic materials, including the steering wheel. No matter which vehicle version you go for, there’s no option of including animal derivatives as an add-on. Tesla’s sustainable interiors are stain-resistant, sturdy, and extremely comfortable.
2. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
With the release of the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover’s ethical consumer enthusiasts now have an option to elevate their car interiors with non-leather vegan-friendly alternatives. The prestigious car firm offers an array of premium seat upholstery options made using sustainable materials such as wool-polyester blend and Eucalyptus Melange. The Eucalyptus Melange is a hybrid plant-based product that consists of 70% polyester and 30% tensile fibers.
On the other hand, the wool-blend product is a combination of synthetic suede material and wool, produced using 53% recycled plastic bottles. This sustainable non-leather alternative was developed by Land Rover together with Europe’s leading textile company, Kvadrat. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is said to be composed of up to 33 kg of recyclable and natural material. This premium SUV can be an excellent option for family-oriented and morally-responsible consumers as it can comfortably fit up to two top quality car seats.
3. BMW i3
The BMW Group is highly regarded for their dedication to sustainability which is evident not only in the materials they use but also in their manufacturing and development processes. One of the most eco-friendly BMW cars you can purchase from this fully sustainable company is the BMW i3. This electric car is 95% recyclable and is made mostly from carbon fiber. Once the BMW i3 is at its end-of-life, it won’t have any adverse effects on the environment since most of its vehicle parts won’t be placed into landfills. Some of the vegan-friendly materials used in this innovative vehicle include 40% pure new wool, 100% leather tanned with olive leaves, 90% eucalyptus wood, and 30% kenaf.
4. Mini Cooper Hatch
The Mini Hatch is another vegan-friendly luxury car available in the automotive market. This small yet charming vehicle used 70% recycled materials for its seat cushions and 100% for its fabric seats. The Mini Hatch’s handbrake and gear stick boasts of faux leather. Aside from the Mini Hatch, the prestigious British company also announced that their next-generation Mini models will no longer offer leather interiors.
5. Porsche Taycan
The German automobile company strives to manufacture luxury products with sustainability in mind. The Porsche Taycan is the first fully electric Porsche sports car that offers a vegan-leather interior option. Consumers can choose between two interior choices: vegan microfiber version or tanned club leather. The vegan option is made using ‘Race-Tex”, a high-quality material partly composed of recycled polyester fibers. According to Porsche, this cruelty-free leather produces 80% less CO2 than its animal-based counterpart. In addition, Porsche Taycan’s floor mats and carpet feature Econyl, a recycled fiber material developed from recycled fishing nets. Car consumers who are not wholly prepared to have zero-leather interiors can opt for sustainable olive-leaf-tanned leather instead.
6. Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Mercedes-Benz is another luxury automotive marque that is vying for sustainable change. While the Mercedes-Benz A-class is not yet fully electric, this luxury vehicle features vegan-friendly car interiors. Consumers can choose to have seats made from ‘Artico leather,’ a vinyl-based leather material that is relatively cheaper than its traditional equivalents. However, it is essential to note that replacing the gear lever and steering wheel with Artico leather is still not an option.
For luxury automobile manufacturers, pushing for sustainable interiors means better market opportunities, lesser production wastes, environment-friendly workflow principles, increased brand value, cleaner practices, lower production costs, and greener operations. Not only can they enjoy designing premium vehicle interiors with a clearer conscience, but they can also cater to a broader range of consumers from every level of the social spectrum.