From sports car manufacturers to mainstream family brands, sustainability is obviously becoming more and more important for the automotive industry. According to Porsche, economic, social and ecological aspects are now equally important. The sports car manufacturer says it has reduced the CO2 emissions per vehicle by more than 75 percent since 2014. It has also reduced the corresponding energy consumption by around 31 percent in the same period.
Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG. says: “We are continuously optimising our vehicles to make them even more environmentally friendly. In addition, a large number of both large and small initiatives at Porsche result in an overall concept that allows all areas of the company to improve their ecological sustainability step-by-step.”
This autumn, Porsche’s first fully electric sports car, the Taycan, will leave the production line. According to Reimold: “Its production at the factory will be CO2-neutral right from the start. However, our goal is to avoid leaving any ecological footprint in future in the sense of a Zero Impact Factory.”
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Meanwhile, Spain’s SEAT is continuing to champion the introduction of compressed natural gas (CNG) technology. SEAT says its brand range can now take advantage of the fast-growing CNG network in Europe, together with most relevant advantages of natural gas mobility which are sustainability and very low cost per kilometre. A CNG vehicle reduces CO2 emissions by about 25% compared to a petrol driven equivalent.
“SEAT is committed to boosting CNG as a sustainable alternative to conventional fossil fuels. It provides the opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions without impacting on our vehicles’ distinctive characteristics,” says Luca de Meo, President of SEAT. “And thanks to the technology’s compatibility with renewable bio-methane, it makes it an important part of the fuel mix as we move towards low emission mobility.”
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At the upcoming Auto Shanghai fair and the New York International Auto Show, expect many more industry developments including the unveiling of a new electric concept vehicle from Genesis and an electric luxury car from Karma and Italy’s Pininfarina.
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