In first place is Ford, who currently has a reported 30 car models with vegan-friendly details and more eco-friendly swaps upon request. The Ford Fiesta has without a doubt continued to be one of the best-selling cars in the UK for years, with the popularity also extending across Europe. The latest models all come with non-leather seats as standard, including the Style, Zetec, B&O Play Zetec and Ford EcoBoost.
All Fiestas, with the exception of the Style (Base Model), are fitted with leather steering wheels, however, these can be replaced with a non-leather alternative upon request, whilst the Ford Mustang Mach-E comes standard with all-vegan interiors, including a vegan steering wheel.
The 2023 release of the electric F-150 Lightning truck also features seat cushions made from soy foam and vegan leather covers, with seals and gaskets coming from recycled tyres. The upcoming 2024 Electric Bronco also follows the same trend, featuring vegan leather as standard.
Honda places second, including the CR-V and HR-V which come with vegan interiors as standard, alongside offering vegan-friendly interior options on specific Civic and Jazz models.
Also making the Top 5 is Mercedes-Benz, with a total of 19 models with vegan-friendly attributes. The B-Class, A, CLA Coupé, CLA Shooting Brake and V-Class all come with a vegan interior as standard, whilst the Smart Fortwo is leather-free.
When it comes to the electric range, the 2023 EQS and EQE both come with a vegan interior as standard, and the VISION EQXX (2024 release) will be constructed with an interior made from mushroom and cactus ‘leather’, bamboo and bio-based vegan silk to create a pioneering luxury interior that is also environmentally friendly.
This study is based on car models that either come with vegan-friendly interiors used as standard, or vegan-friendly materials available upon request. It is important to note that no car is 100% vegan, yet. According to Dominika Piasecka, a spokesperson for the Vegan Society:
“The bottom line is that there’s no such thing as a 100% vegan car, unfortunately. The key with veganism is trying to do your best. It’s not possible to be 100% vegan in this imperfect world but we can avoid animal suffering as much as possible. Avoiding leather is a practical thing we can do while buying a car, while we can’t of course avoid tyres or steel.”
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