55 vehicles tested in DOE fuel eco-run
CLARK FREEPORT— Some 55 vehicles of various brands were tested in this year’s fuel economy run of the Department of Energy (DOE)-Energy Utilization Management Bureau.
The participating vehicles consisted of sedans, service utility vehicles, multi-purpose vehicles, and pick-ups with 26 vehicles running on diesel and another 26 running on gasoline. The tested brands included Volkswagen, Hyundai, Volvo, Ssangyong, Mini, Peugeot, Honda, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Ford, Foton, Toyota, BAIC, Nissan, Mahindra, Suzuki, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, KIA, and Chevrolet. Three guest entries also participated in this year’s run: two BMW sedans and one Toyota hybrid sedan. In a statement, DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said the annual fuel eco-run aims to raise awareness on the importance of fuel-efficiency in automobiles and its positive impact to consumers and the environment. “Through this, we want to empower consumers by putting a premium on energy efficiency. And we will do this by determining fuel consumption rating in kilometers per liter of different brand new vehicles available in the market in accordance with actual highway driving conditions,” he said.
The event was sponsored by Petron Corporation and covered a distance of 216.60km from Petron Service Station inside Clark Freeport Zone to Binalonan, Pangasinan Toll Plaza via the Subic-Clark- Tarlac and Tarlac-Pangasinan- La Union expressways. It is part of the DOE E-Power Mo campaign, which guides consumers’ decision-making by emphasizing energy-efficient technology as a main factor in purchasing vehicles.