Vegan automobiles: the way forward for vehicles?


Over the previous few years, these have change into each a practical possibility and interesting for shoppers, with all main automobile manufacturers investing in totally electrical expertise.

Our analysis means that most individuals – 84.6 p.c – imagine that the automotive business has an obligation to be extra sustainable.

As well as, 79.7 p.c of individuals agree that if plant leathers are higher for the surroundings than cow and bull leathers, then new vehicles ought to use plant leathers as customary.

Within the survey, respondents have been requested whether or not they believed animal merchandise needs to be fully faraway from vehicles.

A complete of 75.2 p.c stated that they wish to see the elimination of animal merchandise from vehicles and different automobiles.


Of this share, 43.6 p.c stated they thought it’s pointless to make use of animals, 17.9 p.c stated so for environmental causes and 13.7 p.c for moral causes.

Simply 10.7 p.c of the panel didn’t imagine that animals needs to be faraway from the automobile manufacturing course of.

Animals are used within the manufacturing of electrical energy, the extent to which was revealed by Ecotricity in a latest investigation.

This investigation gathered proof of a number of species of animals together with canine, foxes, and farmed animals being despatched to rendering services the place they’d be was gasoline. This gasoline is then despatched to electricity-producing crops, in flip powering the nationwide grid.

This raises moral considerations over using useless animals to energy our houses and automobiles. It additionally raises environmental considerations as this course of is marketed as sustainable and environmentally pleasant, regardless of the reliance on animal agriculture.


The shift to electrical vehicles appears good for the automobile manufacturers and the federal government, nevertheless it solely scratches the floor of what’s required to fight the local weather disaster.

As highlighted in a latest article from The Ecologist, we dwell in a “automobile tradition”, that means vehicles are prioritised as a transportation means, to the detriment of the pure world.

Transitioning to extra sustainable vehicles, together with the elimination of animals from the manufacturing course of, is a vital and never insignificant step.

Nevertheless, it’s not going to unravel the deeper environmental points posed by the prioritization of vehicles over extra sustainable and socially accountable strategies.

The Vegan Society understands that the worldwide reliance on vehicles and their contribution to the local weather disaster is a posh space.


Although we wish to see a vegan automobile sooner or later, the event of latest supplies and processes, and new strategies of producing, will all the time have an effect on the surroundings.

This new report is about understanding client demand and highlighting the problems ensuing from using animals in automobile manufacturing.

Even when a vegan automobile does emerge onto the market, it’s a complete different ethical and private dilemma if one ought to use the automobile in any respect, no matter its environmental and moral credentials.

Absolutely electrical automobiles should not going to unravel all the issues related to transport emissions.

However it’s nonetheless essential for the automobile manufacturing business to tackle board the environmental and moral points highlighted on this report.

Transitioning to completely electrical vehicles is the precise factor for the business to do, as is eradicating all animal merchandise from the manufacturing course of and our power provide.

This Creator

Alexander Huntley is a analysis assistant at The Vegan Society. He lately graduated from SOAS with a level within the politics of battle, rights and justice MSc. He’s a passionate human and animal rights advocate.



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