5th Installment of EcoRun Brings Us Home

AJAC 2016 EcoRun:  TorontoOttawa

Bringing Fuel Efficient Technologies to Your Community.

The EcoRun is an annual AJAC event that shows off a variety of eco-friendly vehicles, which include pure electrics, plug-in and conventional hybrids, hydrogen fuel cells, diesel-fuelled powertrains and highly efficient gasoline options. The purpose of the EcoRun is to help inform consumers of these alternative options, as well as providing accurate road testing fuel economy numbers. There's no limit to the size of vehicle showcased, as they range from subcompacts to pickup trucks. These new vehicles are driven on real-world road conditions in order to fully test for fuel efficiency and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. 

TORONTO, June 1, 2016 /CNW/ - The fifth annual EcoRun, hosted by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), gets rolling tomorrow as journalists from across Canada make their way from Toronto to Ottawa from June 2-3.  

The 27 vehicles entered span 15 different auto manufacturers and include compacts, mid-size sedans, premium sports crossovers, SUVs and trucks. All of these vehicles share one common purpose – bettering fuel economy, the environment and fuel savings for the consumer. Within entries, you will find pure electrics, plug-in and conventional hybrids, diesel-fuelled powertrains, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and highly efficient gasoline options.

In total, more than 20 outlets will be represented, and that's just from the 27 participating journalists. The outlet list includes Postmedia (Driving.ca), Wheels.ca, Motoring TV, the Winnipeg Free Press and Le Guide de l'Auto. Additionally, some of the top Canadian websites and magazines will be there to cover the journey that goes from Toronto's Evergreen Brickworks to Ottawa with stops in Oshawa, Cobourg, Belleville, Kingston and Brockville.

AutoMédia writer Michel Crépault will be on his first EcoRun after years of watching from the sidelines.

"The EcoRun event has always intrigued me, but I've only watched it from a distance," Crépault said. "Given the sheer numbers of vehicle entrants this year, I knew I had to take advantage of this unique opportunity and gain a closer look for myself at the real-life fuel economy numbers that can be achieved with these green cars."

For others, like freelance writer Mark Richardson, it's about testing these cars under real-world conditions.

"The EcoRun is the best opportunity of the year for someone like me to drive the most fuel-conscious vehicles in Canada under real-world conditions," Richardson said. "It's a chance to see if they really do make a difference on the road, and which do so better than the others. And it's a lot of fun, too!"

The fifth edition of the 2016 AJAC EcoRun is made possible thanks to the help of our partners, Natural Resources Canada, the Canadian Fuels Association, Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., the Smart Drive Challenge, Scout Environmental, EV ChargeHub and the Chemical Guys Canada Auto Detailing.

A section on the AJAC EcoRun webpage has been set-up where you may peruse and view photos, video, quotes and testimonials, including recent press releases. Please see heading MEDIA.

SOURCE Automobile Journalists Association of Canada

For further information: regarding the EcoRun program, please contact David Miller (davemiller1188@gmail.com) or Kevin Mio (kevinmio@hotmail.com) EcoRun Co-Chairs.


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