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The prestigious Italian automaker has invested 35 million euros to modify its equipment and research processes in order to improve the efficiency of its vehicles.

Lamborghini will start by transforming its Sant’Agata facilities in Bologna. As of 2010, the automaker plans to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% via the installation of a large photovoltaic system. Fitted into the plant’s roofing, the system will produce 1,582 Megawatt hour (MWh) of green energy per year, which translates into a reduction of 1,067,820 kg of CO2 per year by 2010.


Designed by Sinergia Sistemi S.p.A, the solar system will cover an area of 17,000 m2 spread out over the industrial complex.

In the current international climate, where economic instability and growing environmental concerns are at centre stage, Lamborghini is re-evaluating the technologies it applies to its cars.

Stephan Winkelmann said previously that they had no intention of reducing the output or engine size of Lamborghini cars, mainly in keeping with the brand’s image and the necessity of maintaining performance levels worthy of the legendary bull.

Lamborghini nevertheless plans to achieve a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions produced by its vehicles by 2015. Without compromising performance, engineers will have to use new technologies to reduce vehicle mass, improve combustion and reduce friction.

In the engine department, the company plans on introducing the start/stop system and a hybrid drivetrain and, like Bentley, promote biofuels.

Producing a little under 10,000 units per year, Lamborghini is already showing its commitment towards the environment with, among other things, the recent introduction of the Gallardo LP 560-4 that emits 18% less CO2 compared to the previous generation while turning out better performances.

Stephan Winkelmann said previously that they had no intention of reducing the output or engine size of Lamborghini cars.

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