The exotic automaker has a lot more going on than you might think.
Lamborghini is not the type of automaker you instantly associate with sustainability. It has doggedly stuck with large-capacity V engines, particularly the V12, and even its first hybrid, the Lamborghini Sian, uses its electric elements to increase performance more than to be environmentally friendly. Still, we have spied what could be the Aventador's hybrid replacement and we know that an all-electric Lambo is on the way. But making cars with electric powertrains or electric assistance is not enough, which is why Lamborghini has now highlighted five ways that it is trying to save the planet and make it a cleaner orb on which to live.
Lamborghini started its environmental sustainability program in 2009, and this has led to numerous projects. The first that Sant'Agata Bolognese's premier brand draws attention to is Lamborghini Park. Developed in 2011 in collaboration with the local municipality, it features 10,000 oak trees and Lamborghini says that "90 tons of carbon equivalent to a total absorption of 330 tons of CO2 have been sequestered thanks to the park."
Next, the automaker has had a 14,600-square meter photovoltaic system installed since 2010, with 2.2 megawatts of power. This has reduced CO2 emissions by 2,000 tons a year and produces enough energy to power 530 100-square meter apartments a year.
The third element is one we've covered before: Lamborghini bees. Since 2016, Lamborghini has installed thirteen hives with a population of around 600,000 bees and analyzes their wax and honey, as well as the bees themselves, to detect environmental pollutants. The hives produce almost 950 pounds of honey a year, which is gifted to employees for Christmas.
The next point is about recycling. 56% of the automaker's waste materials were sent for recovery and reuse in 2020. Carbon is used to educate students at the Experis Academy and turned into souvenirs while leather and residual materials that do not pass quality control tests or can otherwise not be used are transformed into small, customized leather goods in cooperation with the province of Bologna.
Finally, Lamborghini has a district heating system that is capable of heating the equivalent of 156 apartments a year, producing 2.5 million kWh of thermal energy.
In case you missed Lamborghini's last "5 things you didn't know" article, you can find it here.