Information published on 15 June 2021 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr eNews.

Austria: ÖBB RCG and Lamborghini working together for sustainable logistics

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With a transit time of just 48 hours, ÖBB Rail Cargo Group is transporting Lamborghini URUS car bodies from Germany to Italy. Transport by eco-friendly rail cuts 1,903 tonnes of CO2 emissions and reduces Lamborghini’s carbon footprint by 85%.

The ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) and Lamborghini have created a new rail transport concept. RCG is transporting Lamborghini URUS car bodies from the VW factory in Zwickau, Germany, to the Lamborghini headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Modena, Italy. With a transit time of just 48 hours, this is the fastest, most efficient and eco-friendly transport service from Zwickau to Modena.

Road transport is to be entirely replaced by rail. The weekly transport operation will reduce CO2 emissions by 85%, from 2,234 tonnes to 331 (saving some 1,903 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually). All this while guaranteeing a total transit time of 48 hours – a record time for this type of transport – from the site in Zwickau to Modena. Again from a sustainable perspective, the only road transport by wheel will be on gas trucks (LNG) for transport from Modena to the Sant’Agata Bolognese site, accounting for around 21 km out of the total 1,000 km journey.

Together for sustainable logistics

The ÖBB Rail Cargo Group’s goal is to shift more freight to rail. Every tonne RCG transports by rail reduces its carbon footprint and is a step towards achieving Austrian and European climate targets. 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 a year are currently avoided thanks to the ÖBB Rail Cargo Group’s rail freight transport services in Austria. With this new rail transport concept, the ÖBB RCG’s sustainable rail transport services are helping to counteract the vicious cycle of transit traffic on the Brenner Pass. This relieves Austria, especially the province of Tyrol and its population, of the burdens of air and noise pollution. In the European Year of Rail, this new cooperation is another significant milestone on the way to achieving European climate targets.

(Source: Rail Cargo Group)