As cars become more efficient, the auto manufacturing process is coming under increased scrutiny in order to further reduce the carbon footprint of each vehicle on the road. This change in the way we value our environment and future has pushed carmakers to look to clean-energy sources to power their factories.
Earlier this month, Honda unveiled one of the most ambitious undertakings in this area so far: a wind farm in Brazil that will provide all of the energy needed to power its car plant there.
Throughout the past several years, Brazil has been making leaps and bounds towards protecting their nation’s sustainability through environmental awareness and alternative energy.To assist them in this change, Honda reveals that it is the first carmaker to open a wind farm in Brazil. Located in Xangri-lá in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state of Brazil, the farm consists of nine wind turbines, each capable of generating 3 megawatts of electricity.Honda expects the farm to generate the electricity needed for its annual car production in Brazil which is currently around 140,000 units.
The project, one of the first of its kind by an automaker, is part of an effort by Honda to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from its global products by 30 percent by 2020, compared to 2000 levels.Want to learn more? Read the full Green Car Reports story.
Interested what other companies are taking advantage of renewable energy? Learn about Google's new solar power plant.