AJAC EcoRun Shows Great Fuel-Efficient Results

AJAC EcoRun Shows Great Fuel-Efficient Results
Kia Niro EV showed the lowest fuel consumption according to NRCan numbers. (Photo: Kia)

The eighth annual Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) EcoRun, held in Alberta, showed an impressive record of fuel consumption results.

This year’s EcoRun was faced with challenges that involved infrastructure, range, and alternative powertrains. The drive route stretched to 877 km in Alberta, which bested last year’s 570 km total in New Brunswick. The two-day drive route had planned strategic stops in Edmonton, Red Deer, Drumheller, Longview, Canmore, Banff, and Calgary, to access charging infrastructure on-site or the charging stations sent from EcoRun partner FLO.

The EcoRun began in Edmonton, where 19 AJAC journalists from across Canada attended opening ceremonies at the Louis McKinney Riverfront Park. The Honorable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, alongside the Mayor of Edmonton, Don Iveson, and Dean Wilcox, Vice President, Edmonton Refinery at Suncor, presented speeches after which the AJAC journalists began their two-day drive.

Around 20 different eco-friendly vehicles were fuel-efficiently driven to a total of 0.89 L/100 km–better than the combined fuel consumption rating by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)–and dipped below the 5.0 L/100 km mark at 4.7 for the first time.

“The goal was to be lower than 5.0L/100 km, and that was clearly accomplished,” said David Miller, EcoRun Chairman. “The advancements in all powertrains, including the internal combustion engines, are a testament to all the auto manufacturers involved with this event. Back in 2015, we were happy to produce an average of 6.52 L/100 km, and from these EcoRun results, we now know that consumers can reduce their own carbon footprint significantly.”

The vehicles involved in the EcoRun were five pure battery-electric vehicles, three plug-in hybrids, five conventional hybrids, five highly-efficient gasoline options, a diesel truck, and a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. The Kia Niro EV showed the lowest fuel consumption at 1.7 L/100km, while the Chevrolet Colorado Diesel (3.3 L/100 km) and the Mazda3 GS AWD (2.8 L/100 km) displayed the most significant disparity from NRCan numbers.

“Gasoline and diesel are the most widely used transportation fuels in Canada today, largely because they’re readily available, competitively priced and efficient, and our members are committed to continuous improvements so that today’s transportation fuels are cleaner tomorrow,” explains Peter Boag, President and CEO, Canadian Fuels Association. “This is why, as the association representing refining in Canada, Canadian Fuels is proud to have been an EcoRun sponsor for the fourth consecutive year and to have the honour of presenting the coveted green jersey to the most fuel-efficient driver.”

Rob Hoffman of Canadian Fuels awarded the Green jersey at the White Hat Ceremony to Quebec-native Michel Crepault, who represented L’Annuel de l’automobile, and won the jersey on his second EcoRun attempt.

The 2019 AJAC EcoRun is supported by its partners: Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Fuels Association, Michelin North American (Canada), FLO, Petro-Canada, and ATCO.

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