In the era that made sustainability the new eleventh commandment, car manufacturers compete – like many other multinationals in the world economy – to present programs to reduce environmental impact. And if Tesla even managed to move entire insect nests during the preparatory stages of its new factory in Germany, in order not to disturb a rare species of ants, many other manufacturers are claiming new technological solutions to pollute less even with the construction of Ev and hybrid vehicles. . Last but not least, Mazda – which recently entered the electric market with its first car without a heat engine, the Mazda MX-30, which has already sold over 100 cars and 2500 tests booked – which is celebrating its one hundred years of history. not only with a zero-emission engine, but also with an emissions containment program before, during and after the manufacture of the batteries and the new Ev model. And with a curiosity: a unique example of environmental regeneration for now; the construction of a cork oak forest in Rome.

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The advantages of cork that regenerates

Bosco Mazda will be born in the Appia Antica Park – the largest urban park in Europe, a protected natural area covering approximately 4,580 hectares, established in 1988 by the Lazio Region – and will contain 78 cork oaks: as many as there are concessionaires and the workshops plus the headquarters of Mazda Italy. Not a publicity stunt on the wave of the new green consumer sentiment, but the logical consequence of a century-long history: founded in 1920, Mazda is celebrating its most important birthday this year with the launch of the MX-30 and with this initiative. in favor of the environment and in support of the forest heritage of Rome. A commitment that could be repeated in the future also elsewhere, given the high anti-pollution potential of the cork forest: in addition to being an ecological material that is obtained without the felling of the oaks and regenerates itself, cork in fact does – every time is harvested – that the tree absorbs more carbon dioxide to promote the regeneration process of the bark. It is estimated that regularly debarked cork oaks store three to five times more carbon dioxide than normal and it is estimated that the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the cork used for each single MX-30 produced is approximately 1.2 kg.

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A silent help for the rangers

Thus the new slogan – Roots in the Future so as not to change the face of the planet – sums up the approach that the Hiroshima house has chosen in the environmental field. Not only. The oaks are the natural link with the origins of the company, which before it began manufacturing trucks (and then cars) in 1921, was an important cork component factory. It imported the raw material from Portugal – explains Mazda Italy CEO Roberto Pietrantonio -; today that natural material has been taken up in the interior of the new super-ecological Mazda MX-30. An example of the new car was donated to the park rangers of the Appia Antica, to move around the reserve without polluting, thanks to a vehicle that is also so quiet that it does not disturb the fauna. And a charging station will be built by Mazda in the courtyard of the headquarters of the Appia Park Authority (by installing photovoltaic panels inside the Ex Cartiera Latina), thanks to the partnership and collaboration with Sunerg Solar Energy, an Italian company for over 40 years. in the photovoltaic and solar thermal sector.

Smaller batteries, less pollution

But Mazda’s commitment to the environment goes beyond the oak forest initiative: the new MX-30 is a car built around a battery, not a battery with wheels, points out Yasuhiro Aoyama, president and CEO of Mazda. Motor Europe. The MX-30 is the concrete sign of our commitment to offer customers solutions that are out of the ordinary – reiterates Ad Pierantonio -. the result of a scientific and technically neutral approach to the issue of zero-emission mobility. Because we have to make it clear: electric cars are not zero emission. They certainly help on a local scale, but considering the climate-altering gases caused by the production of batteries, it must be made clear that ‘go electric’ is not enough to do the good of the planet. This explains the choice of mounting a smaller battery of 35.5 kWh on the MX-30, which weighs only 310 kilos, 18% of the total weight of the car (and nevertheless guarantees a range of 262 km in an urban cycle and 200 on mixed). But a battery (made by Panasonic) that recharges quickly even during use, as demonstrated by a recent Corriere Motori test drive in Rome. Producing lithium-ion batteries and disposing of them costs a lot in terms of CO2 pollution – underlines Pierantonio – and MX-30 is an interesting alternative for those who want to make a responsible ecological choice.

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Interior in regenerated eco fibers

Even in the disposal of the battery at the end of its life (160,000 km), the Japanese company has adopted criteria of maximum containment of emissions and reuse of waste materials. And even the interiors are eco-compatible: the pleasant fabric upholstery of the seats are made with regenerated ecological fiber yarns and the breathing fibers obtained from recycled plastics make up the door panels; while the storage trays are made of cork. Finally, Mazda is replacing genuine leather upholstery with a vegan alternative.

29 September 2020 (change September 29, 2020 | 14:47)

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