Let’s start off by saying that there’s no such thing as a fully vegan vehicle. Mutton fat is used to toughen tire rubber and steel in the car frame may be lubricated with animal fat. That doesn’t mean that vegans or others who care about animal welfare have to chuck the whole notion of having an animal-friendly (or friendlier, anyway) car. They also don’t have to sacrifice comfort and style. Here are five luxury cars that are vegan-friendly.
The 2021 Porsche Taycan is a luxury vegan car
Porsche was racing Tesla to be the first car with a 100% vegan interior. The new Taycan comes with two available interiors: tanned club leather and a vegan microfiber option. Not only were no animals harmed in the making of the Taycan’s vegan interior, it’s also more environmentally-friendly, too. Porsche says that it produces 80% less C02 than the leather version.
Additionally, the floor of the Porsche Taycan is made from recycled fishing nets. Fishing nets account for nearly half of the plastic found in the ocean.
Is the 2021 Tesla Model 3 vegan?
Tesla has been trying to go vegan for years and has been succeeding in stages. They got rid of leather seats years ago but struggled to make a non-leather steering wheel that could also be heated. At the time, Musk said, “I believe we were close to having a non-heated steering wheel, that’s not leather…There are some challenges when heating the non-leather material and also how well it wears over time.”
In August of 2019, Tesla announced that the Model 3 was officially leather-free.
The 2021 Polestar 2 is vegan
The 2021 Polestar 2 is so animal-friendly that even PETA endorses it, which is saying a lot. Volvo’s new car doesn’t use any animal materials like leather or wool in its interior. PETA notes that it takes an average of three cows to fully cover the interior of a vehicle, so each vegan vehicle bought is saving animal lives. The Polestar’s upholstery is made of WeaveTech, which Volvo says is similar to wetsuits.
The 2021 BMW i3 is animal-friendly
If you want a BMW i3, you’d better hurry up and get one soon. BMW recently announced that they’re discontinuing the i3. Until then, the BMW i3 is a great luxury vehicle that you can get with vegan leather. It’s important to note that the steering wheel will come with leather unless you ask for it to come with vegan leather instead.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is vegan
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is really coming for Tesla, and the vegan seats in the new Mach-E demonstrate that. Besides being a new and best-selling electric vehicle, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has a completely vegan interior. Brittany Moss, a color and material designer at Ford said, “We wanted it to be an animal-free product.”
Vegan interiors are becoming more popular, as people become aware of the cost that comes with real leather interiors. In addition to the harm it causes animals, real leather has environmental downsides, too. We’re likely to see more vegan leather interiors in the coming years. Until then, there are lots of great luxury cars with vegan interiors to choose from.