Leather is a standard material for vehicle interiors. It is traditionally used for seat covers, on steering wheels, arm rests and decorative panels. When designing the all-electric ID. car family, Volkswagen made the decision to use non-animal materials wherever possible in the brand’s electric models. At the same time, Volkswagen is optimising the carbon footprint of every material and component, to make the entire lifecycle of the cars sustainable. This holistic approach starts with the raw material of every component and includes the entire vehicle lifetime, through to the recyclability of the vehicle components.
It´s all about new ideas Vegan leather made from coffee
Sustainable innovation and a regional partner: Volkswagen Group Innovation is working on the next generation of ecological materials for vehicle interiors. The raw material for an innovative imitation leather is supplied by the Braunschweig-based coffee roasting house Heimbs.
We’re looking at various materials that will enable us to increase the organic percentage of imitation leather in the short term.