Everyone knows that bees play a key role in maintaining ecosystems, and about 80 percent of plants depend on pollination by insects, and about a third of fruits and vegetables depend on bee pollination. But few people know about beekeeping or beekeeping car company? Not only beekeeping, but also the cultivation of oak forests, the recycling of materials used in the production of cars and the creation of biogas plants for the production of thermal energy.
Sure, Italian luxury supercar brand Automobili Lamborghini has been producing gas-guzzling super sports cars for almost six decades, but it’s also true that the company has to be one of the few companies in the world that works on many environmental sustainability programs. .
In May 2021, Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, announced the “Direzione Cor Tauri” (Towards Cor Tauri) program that will lead the House of Sant’Agata (Lamborghini’s birthplace) to a decarbonized future. models and compensation of CO2 emissions in the Sant’Agata Bolognese area, based on a holistic approach of the environmental sustainability strategy.
Cor Tauri, Lamborghini’s roadmap, will consist of three phases – celebrating the internal combustion engine by introducing models that pay homage to the last era of sustained success for the company (2021-2022).
“Through steady sales growth and a seven-fold increase in turnover over the past 15 years, Lamborghini has established itself as a center of excellence in the automotive field for producing the best super sports cars,” said Winkelmann. This current phase will be characterized by the development of internal combustion engines for versions that respect the brand’s glorious history and its iconic products past and present. In 2021, the company also announced the launch of two new cars in the V12 model range – the Aventador Ultimae and the Countach LPI 800-4. He noted that 2022 will be the last year for the company to produce the V12 engine.
The second stage is the transition to hybrid (until the end of 2024). According to him, in 2023, Lamborghini will present the first hybrid production car, and by the end of 2024, the entire series will be electrified. Performance and the authentic Lamborghini driving experience will be the focus of technological developments by the company’s engineers and technicians, and the application of lightweight carbon fiber materials will play a decisive role in compensating weight as a result of electrification.
The company’s internal target for this phase is to halve CO2 emissions by early 2025. Driving the hybrid transition will be an unprecedented investment — more than 1.8 billion euros over four years, Winkelmann announced. “This is the largest investment in the history of Lamborghini and is a tangible proof of the strong sense of responsibility that the company plans to respond concretely through significant innovations to the period of radical transformation affecting the automobile industry as a whole.” he said.
Electric road map
In the third phase, the company will bring the first all-electric Lamborghini (second half of the decade) — the final acceleration of the second part of the decade will be under the all-electric banner with the vision of a fourth model. he added. This is how Lamborghini sees the end of its journey: Cor Tauri, the brightest star in the constellation indicated by the company’s road map, is represented by the fourth fully electric model.
Talking about recycling, which is a big part of its sustainability efforts, he said, “It’s not a big problem for Lamborghini because 80 percent of the cars produced in the last 59 years… it (recycling) already exists.” Lamborghini’s program towards 2030 starts with a holistic view of the company’s sustainability strategy – a 360-degree approach that extends from the products to the Sant’Agata Bolognese area and from the production lines to the offices.
The company explained that the 1.60 lakh square meter site achieved CO2-neutral certification in 2015, which has been maintained even after doubling the production area in recent years. In addition to reducing CO2 emissions, environmental protection, sustainability in the supply chain, focus on employees and corporate social responsibility are integral parts of this strategy.
Low carbon footprint
The company also noted that Lamborghini has strengthened its climate-related environmental policy for more than a decade by adhering to a voluntary commitment in line with the government’s policies on the Kyoto Protocol and the European Union’s “Climate and Energy Package”. Talking about the biogas plant, Vinkelmann said that Lamborghini is the first car company in Italy to have a central heating system, which provides 25 lakh kWh of thermal energy per year, which is equivalent to the annual energy required to heat 156 apartments of 100 square meters.
This system distributes hot water throughout the factory from a biogas-fired cogeneration plant in Nonantola, approximately six km away, via a network of underground pipes. Hot water (85°C) produced by the plant is transported to the facility through underground pipes. The heat energy provided here is used for air conditioning in production departments and offices. “Lamborghini has chosen to use the energy generated by a cogeneration plant that would otherwise be lost. The savings in terms of emissions are about 1,800 tons of CO2 annually.”