Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Typical Guy joins DOE-Petron's Euro 4 Fuel Economy Run

On the midnight of May 29, The Typical Guy was given the opportunity to join the Department of Energy's first Euro 4 Fuel Economy Run as powered by Petron.

A total of 70 vehicles joined the run, with 38 cars powered by Petron's XCS gasoline while 32 were topped with Petron Turbo Diesel. The car manufacturers and distributors that joined the eco run include: Asianbrands Motors Corporation (Mahindra), Automobile Central Enterprise Inc. (Volkswagen), Bayan Automotive Industries Corporation (BAIC), Berjaya Auto Philippines (Mazda), British United Automobiles Inc. (MINI) , Columbian Autocar Corporation (Kia), Eurobrands Distributor Inc. (Peugeot), Ford Group Philippines, Honda Cars Philippines Inc., Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., Isuzu Philippines Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation, Motor Image Philippines Inc. (Subaru), Nissan Philippines Inc., PGA Cars Inc. (Audi/Porsche), Pilipinas Taj Autogroup Inc. (Tata Motors), Suzuki Philippines Inc., The Covenant Car Company Inc. (Chevrolet), Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation, United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (Foton), and Volvo Philippines.

Driving all 70 cars were the car companies' own driver and navigator teams, with members of the media, including The Typical Guy, serving as independent observers. Hours before the run, all 70 cars were filled to the brim at the service station with the keys turned over to DOE personnel to ensure that the vehicles weren't tampered with and to make sure that the vehicles were untouched, the fuel lid, bonnet, and boot were marked with a tape.

The 300+ km run was mostly conducted on the highway, with the starting point being the Petron service station inside the Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles City, Pampanga. From there, all 70 cars proceeded at a steady pace of 60 to 80kph northbound on the Subic-Clark- Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the Tarlac-Pangasinan- La Union Expressway (TPLEX) all the way to to the still-unopened Rosario Exit before turning around to go south. After stopping briefly to regroup near the Urdaneta exit, all 70 cars and the support vehicles continued south on the TPLEX and SCTEX and headed up the now-dismantled Mabalacat Interchange to make a U-turn and then head north once more. Upon reaching the Hacienda Luisita Exit, the cars went in and immediately went back out southbound again, only this time terminating the nearly six-hour-long drive back at the Petron Clark Freeport Zone service station.

Once all 70 cars were at the station, all the vehicles were once again filled to the brim under the watchful eyes of DOE personnel who then noted how many liters were used by each vehicle. We presume the computation will be done the old-fashioned way, which is to divide the mileage run by the amount of fuel used to determine the fuel consumption.

This initiative by the DOE and Petron because it is the first of its kind to utilize Euro 4-quality fuel which the government mandated all petroleum companies to sell by January 2016. As it is, Petron was the first oil company to locally produce a full line-up of fuel variants that meet Euro 4 standards six months ahead of the mandate.

According to Petron, the official fuel efficiency ratings will be presented by the DOE to car company executives on June 14 at the Makati Diamond Hotel at a gala night hosted by the petroleum company.

Photos taken with Fujifilm FinePix XP80 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! Hope they publish the results soon, and would really appreciate you sharing it!