Lamborghini is doing its bit to help the environment.
Lamborghini isn't known for producing environmentally-friendly cars. But as pressure grows to reduce global emissions, the Italian automaker announced this week its first electric supercar will launch by 2030, five years after Ferrari's first electric prancing horse is due to arrive. Before then, Lamborghini will launch its first series-production plug-in hybrid in 2023, which will likely be an electrified version of the Urus.
By 2024, Lamborghini's entire model lineup will be electrified, including the successors to the Aventador and Huracan. These changes will reduce Lamborghini's car emissions by 50 percent by 2025. This isn't the only way Lamborghini is helping the environment, however.
Back in 2016, the Italian automaker installed a beehive outside its headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese. Just in time for World Bee Day this week, Lamborghini has announced the beehive has grown from eight hives to twelve, with a population of around 600,000 bees. To learn more about the behavior of the insects, two cameras were provided by the Audi Foundation charity, with one inside and one outside the hive.
By analyzing the honey, wax, and bees, Lamborghini can collaborate with experts to detect a range of environmental pollutants such as pesticides used in agriculture and on urban and private green spaces, heavy metals, aromatic compounds, dioxins and others.
The study has also helped control pollution in the environment surrounding Lamborghini's production plant since the bees forage to collect nectar and pollen within a radius of around 1.86 miles.
It has also allowed Lamborghini to study solitary bee colonies, which have a shorter foraging radius of 656 feet. In these colonies, female bees take care of their own offspring, whereas social bees only take care of the queen bee's offspring. These colonies are made up of reed houses near the production site. Their shorter foraging radius has enabled Lamborghini to "collect even more effective data for studying the environmental impact of the site."