AJAC Eco-Run Demonstrates Merits of Fuel-saving Technologies

Exercise proves official fuel-consumption figures can be achieved in 
real-world driving 
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 
L/100 km). 
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 
short trips. 
•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

Electric Vehicle                                             

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 drive

Electric Vehicle     1.45    1.50        1.50      1.7  2.2    1.9

Plug-in Hybrid                                                    

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

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

Volkswagen Jetta
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
GLK250 BlueTEC

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,siobhan@ajac.ca

SOURCE: Automobile Journalists Association of Canada

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