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The new train service will eliminate up to 2,400 road journeys, which translates to a reduction of almost 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

26 Nov 2021 | International News : Spain

Seat has taken another step forward in its 'Move to Zero' strategy with the installation of new rail service linking its Martorell, Spain, plant with the Volkswagen Autoeuropa factory in Palmela, Portugal.

As of November 2021, the train service will operate once a week, and is expected to transport more than 20,000 vehicles per year, which will avoid 2,400 truck journeys and reduce CO2 emissions by 43%.

Until now, vehicles produced in Martorell were transported by train to Salobral, Madrid and then delivered from there by lorry to the various dealerships. With this new line, the vehicles will arrive directly at the Palmela factory, from where they will be transported by lorry one last time to the distribution depot in Azambuja, 75km away. The return train journey will take vehicles manufactured in Palmela to the Port of Barcelona, from where they will be distributed by road to different regions of Spain, the South of France and by ship to destinations in the Mediterranean.

Eliminating 2,400 road journeys will mean a reduction of almost 1,000 tonnes of CO2. By 2024, emission neutrality will be achieved with the arrival of hybrid locomotives that will allow electricity to be used on 100% of the route.

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