AJAC's Ottawa-Montreal Eco-Run concludes at Polytechnique Montreal
MONTREAL, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - University students at Polytechnique Montreal had a double treat this morning as they were visited at their downtown
workshop by a cadre of automotive journalists, a fleet of 22 new
high-tech "green" vehicles, and a Formula One driver, Jean-Eric Vergne.
The journalists were taking part in the Automobile Journalists
Association of Canada's (AJAC's) second annual Eco-Run, which began
three days ago in Ottawa and concluded today at Polytechnique Montreal.
Eco-Run's purpose is to demonstrate to consumers a broad array of
"green" technologies and vehicles currently available to help save
money on fuel and also help the environment. The event also educates
consumers that driving habits are just as important as the vehicle when
it comes to fuel efficiency.
The technologies spotlighted in the Eco-Run include a full range of
powerplants, from pure battery electric, plug-in hybrid and basic
gasoline-hybrid combinations to advanced conventional gasoline and
diesel engines. They also feature such fuel-saving features as
automatic stop-start systems and automatic cruise control.
Proving that fuel-efficient technologies can be found in any size and
type of vehicle that may suit one's needs, the Eco-Run fleet covers the
range from a smart electric and Ford Focus EV to a Porsche Cayenne
Diesel SUV and high-efficiency Ram pickup truck.
Jean-Eric Vergne's visit not only reinforced the need for eco-friendly
and fuel-efficient vehicles but the importance of driving safety.
As a second-year Formula One driver, for the Toro Rosso team,
23-year-old Vergne, from France, is a rising star on the F1 circuit.
Going into Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, he has scored two top-ten
finishes in the season's first six races - most recently eighth on the
streets of Monaco.
Vergne has been racing since the age of four, starting in karts and
progressing through Europe's ladder of single-seater Formula-cars to
GP3 and Renault Formula 3.5, before earning a full-time seat with Toro
Rosso in 2012. So he knows the importance of safety.
To that end, he demonstrated some of the FIA's 10 Golden Rules of Safety
to the Polytechnique Montreal students in a driving simulator at their workshop. The FIA is the
world's governing body of automobile racing, including Formula One.
He also reviewed both the Eco Run vehicles and the students' various
project cars, congratulating their Solar Car team on earning an
invitation to compete with it in Australia next month. Vergne signed
their car for good luck and presented each of the team members with
AJAC journalist Michel Deslauriers presented the final 'Green Jersey' to
Michael Bettencourt for being the most fuel-efficient driver throughout
the three-day event.
Image with caption: "Formula One driver Jean-Eric Vergne poses for a photo as he signs an electric vehicle created by a Polytechnique Montréal student during the final stop of the 2013 AJAC Eco-Run event in Montreal on Thursday, June 6, 2013. (Michelle Siu for AJAC) (CNW Group/Automobile Journalists Association of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130606_C5901_PHOTO_EN_27629.jpg
Image with caption: "Formula One driver Jean-Eric Vergne poses for a photo with Polytechnique Montréal students during the final stop of the 2013 AJAC Eco-Run event in Montreal on Thursday, June 6, 2013. (Gerry Frechette for AJAC) (CNW Group/Automobile Journalists Association of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130606_C5901_PHOTO_EN_27630.jpg
SOURCE: Automobile Journalists Association of Canada
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Photos and videos of the Eco-Run have been posted to the AJAC Eco-Run web site: www.ajac.ca/eco-run