Lots of people talk about caring for the environment. But at SEAT, we’re more interested in actions. We’re determined to be environmentally responsible, and to search out new ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We’re working on new ways to build a truly sustainable business that safeguards the environment without compromising on quality or driving pleasure.
Learn more about three of our current environmental programmes where SEAT is making a difference right now:
ELECTRIC TRANSPORTATION FOR ALL
With two electric models entering large-scale testing in 2012, SEAT is showing a strong commitment to Ecomobility. The new Leon TwinDrive Ecomotive combines local zero-emissions driving with long range. The battery-electric Altea XL Electric Ecomotive has a 115hp engine and a range of 135 km, making it practical for families and businesses alike. Electromobility is a key part of SEAT’s corporate strategy of ongoing improvement in sustainability and resource conservation.
Following that commitment, we envisage the launch of our first electric plug-in hybrid car in 2015, to be followed in 2016 by an all-electric car.
EFFICIENT, RESPONSIBLE LOGISTICS
Being an environmentally-responsible carmaker isn’t just about making more efficient cars. In order to reduce our reliance on heavy trucks, SEAT has invested €8.6m in building a dedicated rail link between our facilities in Martorell and the Zona Franca near Barcelona. Two 205m-long diesel trains carry approximately one million cubic metres of spare parts per year along the 40km line. Add the trains now carrying completed cars to the Port of Barcelona for distribution, and we have cut our heavy vehicle road trips by 57,000 every year.
SEAT’s commitment to energy efficiency was underlined in July 2011 when we became the first Spanish company to be awarded certification for ISO 50,001 – the worldwide standard for sustainability, energy efficiency and the environment. We have spent over €17 million installing more than 20,000 photovoltaic panels on the roof of our plant at Martorell, which together can generate around 13 million kWh of clean electricity every year – reducing our CO2 emissions by about 6,200 tones. That’s equivalent of the electricity consumption of 3,000 Spanish households.
Finally, SEAT is and always will be a car company. And our drive towards environmental awareness wouldn’t be complete without environmentally-responsible vehicles. Ecomotive is a simple principle: reducing emissions, fuel consumption and cost without losing the emotion you feel behind the wheel of a SEAT vehicle.
Our new E-Ecomotive models are our greenest yet, with extremely low emissions thanks to the Start & Stop system, brake energy recovery, improved aerodynamics and low resistance tyres.