Exercise proves official fuel-consumption figures can be achieved in
TORONTO, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The second annual AJAC Eco-Run, conducted
recently by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), produced
some eye-opening results with respect to the relative merits of different
fuel-saving technologies and the effect of driving style on fuel economy.
The 2013 Eco-Run, which began in Ottawa and ended in Montreal, was not
intended to be a competition among vehicles but a demonstration of the broad
range of technologies currently available to help consumers reduce their fuel
consumption and costs.
The results of the exercise support a number of important observations and
•First, and perhaps most important, when drivers deliberately apply
fuel-efficient driving techniques, as the journalists taking part in this
exercise did, they can achieve some remarkably low fuel-consumption figures.
•The overall average fuel-consumption for the 22 vehicles in the Eco-Run
was just 5.27 L/100 km.
Significantly, that figure is below the average combined official
fuel-consumption figures published in Natural Resources Canada's Energuide for
the same vehicles.
The majority of the individual vehicles also bettered their official ratings,
proving that they are in fact attainable in the real world when the vehicles
are driven in a fuel-efficient manner.
•Perhaps surprisingly, that average also bettered the government's
proposed fleet-average fuel-consumption target for 2025 (approximately 5.6
While the group of vehicles in the Eco-Run does not represent the same
distribution as that of the total vehicle population, the result is
encouraging nonetheless, demonstrating that the target is potentially
achievable with a broad mix of vehicle types.
•It is also important to note that these results, in most respects, equal
or better the official fuel-consumption figures published in Natural Resources
Canada's Energuide, proving that they are in fact attainable in the real world.
The 22 vehicles in the Eco-Run, provided by their manufacturers, encompassed a
wide range of fuel-efficient technologies and powerplants, from
battery-electric through plug-in and conventional hybrids, to advanced
gasoline and diesel engines.
They ranged in size and type from sub-compact through compact cars to a
full-size SUV and a pickup truck.
While no statistically valid conclusions can be drawn from the results in
terms of car-to-car comparisons, several trends are apparent with respect to
•On a pure energy-efficiency basis, battery-electric vehicles (EVs) are by
far the most efficient in both city and highway operation - for those whose
lifestyle can accommodate the limited range and long recharge times inherent
in EV use.
•Plug-in hybrids were the next-most-efficient as a group, achieving
significantly better fuel economy than conventional hybrids in city driving,
where they were able to operate in electric mode for much of the relatively
•Hybrids, as a group, had lower fuel consumption than gasoline or diesel
vehicles overall, with a greater advantage apparent in city driving than on
the highway. They were, however, the only group that did not better their
official fuel-consumption ratings in the context of the Eco-Run.
•While hybrids excelled in city operation, when comparing vehicles of
similar size and type the best of the gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles
were as good as or better than some of the hybrids on the highway.
•The diesel-powered vehicles tended to be slightly more fuel-efficient
than their direct gasoline counterparts in highway operation, but not in city
"The Eco-Run was a great opportunity, not just for automotive journalists, but
for all consumers to find out more about fuel efficiency and how easy it can
be, no matter what you drive, to save money on fuel" said Ian Jack, CAA
Managing Director of Communications and Government Relations.
The Eco-Run clearly demonstrated that consumers now have a broad range of
fuel-efficient technologies available from which to choose, in a variety of
vehicle types and sized to suit every purpose. Eco-Run partners include;
Natural Resources Canada, The Canadian Automobile Association, CrossChasm,
Stantec and Schneider Electric.
A list of the vehicles included in the 2013 AJAC Eco-Run and their individual
fuel-consumption results and NRCan ratings accompany this release. Further
information is available at www.ajac.ca/eco-run.
2013 AJAC Eco-Run Fuel Consumption Summary
Fuel Consumption (L(Le)/100km) NRCan Ratings (L
City Avg Hwy Avg Overall Avg City Hwy Combined
Ford Focus EV 1.81 1.74 1.78 1.7 2.0 1.8
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 1.18 1.22 1.22 1.9 2.4 2.1
smart fortwo 1.35 1.54 1.50 1.5 2.1 1.8
Electric Vehicle 1.45 1.50 1.50 1.7 2.2 1.9
Chevrolet Volt 1.51 2.72 2.39 6.7 5.4 6.1
Ford Fusion 1.65 4.12 3.44 4.3 4.7 4.5
Honda Accord 2.63 4.38 3.91 4.0 4.2 4.1
Plug-in Hybrid 2.97 5.61 3.74 5.0 4.8 4.9
Ford C-MAX Hybrid 5.93 5.08 5.39 4.0 4.1 4.0
Hyundai Sonata 6.08 6.63 6.54 5.5 4.6 5.1
Infiniti M35h 8.22 7.87 8.07 7.5 6.1 6.9
Lexus ES300h 5.75 5.78 5.83 4.7 5.1 4.9
Toyota Prius v 4.98 5.05 5.09 4.3 4.8 4.5
Turbocharged 3.60 4.68 4.41 4.5 4.2 4.4
Hybrid Average 5.67 5.85 5.86 5.1 4.8 5.0
Kia Rio LX + ECO 7.16 6.04 6.44 6.8 5.4 6.2
Mazda CX-5 6.72 6.02 6.29 7.7 6.1 7.0
Mazda Mazda3 6.27 4.78 5.28 7.1 4.9 6.1
Mazda Mazda6 6.27 5.64 5.89 7.6 5.1 6.5
Mercedes-Benz NA NA NA 7.9 5.5 6.8
Ram 1500 HFE 11.06 9.18 9.84 11.4 7.8 9.8
Subaru Forester 7.77 6.27 6.79 9.9 7.5 8.8
Gasoline Average 7.54 6.32 6.76 9.7 7.1 8.5
Chevrolet Cruze 7.81 4.99 5.88 7.5 4.2 6.0
Mercedes-Benz 7.43 5.92 6.44 8.3 5.9 7.2
Porsche Cayenne 8.90 7.95 8.32 10.8 6.7 9.0
Diesel Average 8.05 6.29 6.88 8.9 5.6 7.4
Overall Average 5.43 5.12 5.27 6.2 4.9 5.6
Siobhan Duffield, 519.563.8417,email@example.com
SOURCE: Automobile Journalists Association of Canada
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