SEAT and SETRAM have launched the first megatruck for the transport of vehicles in Spain. Until now, the company used this type of truck to transport parts. From now on, it will also be used for the transfer by road to the Port of Barcelona of cars manufactured at the Martorell plant, thus reducing the number of journeys and improving the economic and environmental impact.
The megatruck has a total length of 25.25 meters. It adds a load capacity of 10-11 cars. Its annual transport volume is more than 8,600 vehicles, which means an improvement in daily productivity of 12%. Compared to a conventional four-axle truck, the megatruck allows a reduction in CO₂ emissions of 10% per journey and a decrease in logistics costs of 11%. The main reason for this reduction is the improvement in the efficiency of fuel consumption per ton transported, seeing increased load capacity by 4.75 meters in length, which allows you to load up to three more cars.
Herbert Steiner, Vice President of Production and Logistics of SEAT SA, noted that “the megatruck eliminates 500 truck movements a year in the rounds of the city and reduces 5.2 tons of CO2 emissions per year. It implies huge advantages in terms of sustainability, environment, road safety and efficiency. With the megatruck and rail transport, our main logistics route to the Port of Barcelona, we are making steady progress towards a maximum reduction in the carbon footprint in vehicle transport ”.
Miquel Tarragona, General Manager of SETRAM, emphasized that “the main advantage of the megatruck lies in the increase in its capacity. Thus, it reduces the impact on the environment and the need for trucks for the same production, with a lower concentration on the road, and becomes a more ecological and sustainable vehicle transport ”.
A step further in sustainable mobility
SEAT first used a duo-trailer in 2018 in the experimental phase for the transport of materials, although two years earlier it had already launched the first gigatrailer (the “little brother” of the duo-trailer), also in the testing phase. The company was a pioneer in the use of both trucks in the state, as part of its firm commitment to sustainable mobility for road transport.
The use of the megatruck for vehicle transport reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainability and logistical efficiency as part of its goal to reduce the impact of production to zero.
Rail transport also plays a key role in SEAT logistics. The company exports more than 80% of the vehicles it manufactures in Martorell, and the railway is an ecological, profitable and efficient means of transport. Thanks to the Autometro service, which connects the Martorell plant with the Port of Barcelona for the export of vehicles, SEAT eliminates the circulation of about 25,000 trucks a year on the section between Martorell and Barcelona. This service has articulated transport cars of two floors with capacity for 170 vehicles and a length of 411 meters. In October 2018, the Autometro line reached the figure of one million vehicles transported since its release in 2008.
Source: Web de notícies de l'Ajuntament de Martorell by martorelldigital.cat.
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