AJAC Eco-Run journalists learn to be green
05 Jun, 2013, 13:14 ET
BLAINVILLE, QC, June 5, 2013 /CNW/ - It's not only every day consumers that have the resources available to be a more fuel-efficient driver anymore. Here at the PMG Track, our AJAC journalists will learn first-hand how fleet customers and transport drivers alike are doing what they can to reduce their carbon footprint.
Our team of 22 AJAC journalists gathered today, Wednesday, June 5/13, 10 a.m., at PMG Test Facilities 100 rue du Landais, Blainville, QC to celebrate the 5th anniversary of FPInnvations. Our second day started with our fleet of 22 eco-friendly vehicles that represent the most advanced fuel-efficient and eco-friendly technologies available through manufacturers today. These vehicles and their respective drivers took a leisurely drive through Montebello and headed to the PMG test facilities where we were greeted by our own private escort. Guided through the grounds and into the Eco-Run parking lot, we have left our vehicles on display for all guests to learn the technologies available to them when they purchase their next personal vehicle. Participating vehicles range from compacts and family sedans to premium full-size SUVs and pickups. The types of powertrains include pure electrics and plug-in hybrids, gas/electric hybrids and a variety of high-efficiency gas- and diesel-fuelled engines. Not only does this event highlight the latest advances by manufacturers to improve fuel efficiency and reduce the impact on our fragile environment, the journalists will be using driving techniques we all can adopt to reduce fuel consumption - and fuel costs - regardless of the age of our vehicles.
The AJAC Eco-Run is not a competition - there will be no winners. The various entries will demonstrate, however, that consumers have numerous choices when looking for a new, fuel-efficient vehicle, regardless of the size, type and price range they're seeking. To help consumers make informed decisions, NRCan, which has again partnered with AJAC for this event, will be monitoring, in partnership with CrossChasm, the vehicles' energy use throughout the Eco-Run to demonstrate the fuel efficiencies attainable in a real-world driving situations. Results of the monitoring will be posted on the AJAC website, www.ajac.ca, following the conclusion of the run.
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is also returning as a partner for this event - in fact, the Eco-Run has stopped at CAA's annual general meeting at the Chateau Laurier hotel so delegates can view the vehicles and interact with the drivers.
Schneider Electric, another returning partner, will not only be providing charging stations for use during the event, it will also be donating a charging unit for installation at l'École Polytechnique in Montreal, where the Eco-Run will conclude on Thursday, June 6. A Formula One driver, in Montreal for the weekend's Canadian Grand Prix activities, will be joining us at the École Polytechnique workshop.
The Eco-Run will spend Wednesday at the PMG Technologies facilities in Blainville, Que., where the vehicles and drivers will be featured as part of Performance Innovation Transport's (PIT) fifth anniversary celebration.
The public can follow the day-to-day progress of the Eco-Run on the AJAC website, Facebook and Twitter #ecorun. They are also invited to join the drivers and check out the vehicles at our stops en route, where they can also get driving tips and expert advice from the CAA, NRCan and the AJAC journalists.
For even more in-depth tips on altering your driving techniques to reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions, Stantec Consultants, another Eco-Run partner, is introducing an online tutorial for consumers that has been developed in conjunction with NRCan. The Eco-driving course is part of Stantec's Learning Solutions program. For more information visit the website at www.ecodrivingonline.ca
2nd Annual AJAC Eco-Run itinerary (All times are approximate and subject to change.)
June 5th, 2013:
8:30 a.m. - Convoy departs Montebello, heading for PMG Technologies facilities in Blainville, Que.
10:00 a.m. - Arrive at PMG for in PIT (Performance Innovation Transport) fifth anniversary celebrations.
3:30 p.m. - Depart for overnight stop in Saint-Eustache, Que.
June 6th, 2013:
9:00 a.m. - Depart Saint-Eustache for École Polytechnique in Montreal
10:00 a.m. - Arrive at École Polytechnique workshop at 210 Rue Bridge for special event featuring Formula One driver,
followed by closing ceremonies.
AJAC Eco-Run Vehicle Fleet:
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, Chevrolet Volt, Ram 1500 HFE, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Ford Focus EV, Ford Fusion Energi, Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Infiniti M35 Hybrid, Kia Rio LX Eco five-door, Lexus ES 300h, Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz B 250, Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Porsche Cayenne Diesel, smart fortwo electric, Toyota Prius v, Subaru Forester, Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid
This press release was distributed by the CNW Group: AJAC's official newswire service.
SOURCE: Automobile Journalists Association of Canada
For further information:
Siobhan Duffield, cell: 519.563.8417, e: [email protected]
Susan Elliott, cell: 416.726.2403, E: [email protected]
Photos and videos of the Eco-Run have been posted to the AJAC Eco-Run web site: www.ajac.ca/eco-run.
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