The latest in fuel-efficient automobiles are parading through various communities in southern Ontario, as part of the EcoRun Fuel Efficiency Demonstration, to show car buyers there is something they can do about the ever-rising gas prices.
The event is presented by the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). EcoRun is being staged to showcase the fuel-efficient choices available from automobile manufacturers. In all, 23 “green cars” will be driven across southern Ontario, starting today (May 8) in Brighton and ending May 10 in London. The convoy will make stops in Oshawa, Toronto and Hamilton providing expert advice and tips on how motorists can cut their fuel bills.
The EcoRun will make stops at Oshawa’s University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Centennial College and Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto and Hamilton’s McMaster University, and ends at Fanshawe College in London.
The idea for the tour arose out of the London-to-Brighton run for vintage cars in England. The concept was adapted to start in Brighton and make stops at community colleges and universities to promote projects they have taken on as part of their respective facilities and programs. Such a site is the UOIT’s Automotive Centre of Excellence, a world-class facility that houses a climatic wind tunnel capable of replicating weather conditions with temperatures ranging from -40 C to +60 C. The CAA will promote its various fuel-efficiency programs and offer ecoDriving tips.
The cars taking part in EcoRun are: Buick Regal eAssist; Chevrolet Cruise Eco and Volt; Fiat 500; Ford Escape EcoBoost and Focus Electric; Honda CR-Z; Hyundai Sonata Hybrid; Kia Optima Hybrid; Lexus CT 200h; Mazda3 SKYACTIV and CX-5; Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG; Mini Cooper; Mitsubishi i-MiEV; Nissan LEAF; Porsche Panamera S Hybrid; smart fortwo electric drive; Toyota Camry Hyrbid and Prius PHV; and Volkswagen Passat TDI Clean Diesel. Schneider Electric is providing mobile charging stations for the electric vehicles.