Rapid climate action
An unconventional challenger brand, CUPRA demonstrates how performance and electrification can make a perfect match. CUPRA is currently electrifying its range, including the first model uniquely developed and designed for the brand, the CUPRA Formentor. The high-performance CUPRA Formentor VZ e-HYBRID combines the output of a 1.4-liter 110 kW/150 PS TSI gasoline engine with the power of an 85 kW/115 PS electric motor. Energy is delivered by an advanced 13 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, enabling the CUPRA Formentor to deliver carbon-neutral performance. At the same time, this powerful SUV can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 7.0 seconds and boasts a top speed of 210 km/h. The outcome? A vehicle that encapsulates the dynamic image of the CUPRA brand, while minimizing environmental impact. The CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID joins the CUPRA Leon e-HYBRID as the brand’s second plug-in hybrid. Together, the two models offer a choice of no fewer than six PHEV engines, sure to thrill any auto aficionado. In addition, in the second half of this year, CUPRA will be launching its first all-electric model, the CUPRA Born, while looking ahead, the brand’s second all-electric model, the CUPRA Tavascan, will hit the market in 2024.
CUPRA Formentor VZ e-Hybrid - combined power consumption in kWh/100 km (NEDC): 12.8-13.9; Fuel consumption combined in l/100km: 1.6; CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
Climate action at a European e-mobility hub
SEAT S.A.’s Martorell plant, 20 kilometers from Barcelona in Spain, is setting a benchmark in climate action. The plant operates its own combined heat and power (CHP) plant that generates 50 percent of the power and 90 percent of the heat required by the facility. Compared to the previously outsourced conventional energy supply, this represents annual savings of 12,800 metric tonnes of CO₂. Proprietary rail tracks between the port and one of Barcelona’s industrial zones eliminate the need for thousands of truck trips, reducing emissions accordingly. And up on the roof is the automotive industry’s biggest solar power plant. Covering 276,000 m2, this is roughly the size of 40 soccer pitches. Every year, the 53,000 panels generate some 15 million kWh of electricity.
The future is looking bright and sunny, too. A vision shared by Volkswagen and the Spanish government sees Spain as a leading hub of electric mobility. Home to Europe’s second-largest automotive sector, the country has a key part to play in the European Green Deal whereby Europe hopes to become the first continent to achieve climate neutrality.
High payload, low emissions
Increasingly, SEAT S.A. is relying on the two largest types of semitrailer on European roads – the Duo Trailer and Giga Trailer – to transport components to the company’s plant in Martorell, Spain. Compared to conventional trucks, the semis have much greater capacity and carry a higher payload. Because they can do more in fewer trips, the total number of trips is reduced. Not only does this cut logistics costs by around 25 percent, it also reduces CO₂ emissions by up to 30 percent. The Duo Trailer consists of a tractor unit and two 13.6-meter trailers, giving the rig an overall length of 31.7 meters. The maximum payload is 70 metric tonnes. The Giga Trailer is the Duo Trailer’s little brother; measuring 25.25 meters from headlight to taillight, it can transport a maximum payload of 60 metric tonnes.