DOE Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella said “through this event, we will be able to determine fuel consumption rating in kilometers per liter of different brand-new vehicles available in the market in accordance with actual highway driving conditions.”
Fuentebella spoke in behalf of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi during the opening program.
A total of 55 vehicles took part in the Fuel Economy Run of the Energy Utilization Management Bureau of the DOE.
Fuentebella also said the activity primarily aims to raise awareness on the importance of fuel-efficiency in automobiles and its positive impact to consumers and the environment.
Participating vehicles consisted of sedans, service utility vehicles, multi-purpose vehicles, and pickups with 26 vehicles running on diesel and another 26 running on gasoline.
These included Volkswagen, Hyundai, Volvo, Ssangyong, Mini, Peugeot, Honda, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Ford, Foton, Toyota, BAIC, Nissan, Mahindra, Suzuki, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, KIA, and Chevrolet cars.
Three guest entries also participated in this year’s run which included two BMW sedans and one Toyota hybrid sedan.
The event was sponsored by Petron and covered a distance of 216.60 kilometers from the Petron Service Station inside this freeport to Binalonan, Pangasinan Toll Plaza via the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.
The 13th Fuel Eco Run is part of the DOE E-Power Mo campaign, which guides consumers’ decision-making by emphasizing energy-efficient technology as a main factor in purchasing vehicles.