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Driving New Brunswick a Eco-Friendly Way

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick – One of a biggest factors in measuring a vehicle’s real-world fuel potency is how it is driven.

Sure, a V8-powered sports automobile won’t be as careful as plug-in hybrid regardless of how a former is driven yet pushing character can have a poignant impact on a vehicle’s appetite efficiency.

Put bluntly, if we expostulate with a complicated feet with a lot of tough braking and accelerating, you’re going to fast spin your automobile into a fuel sucker.  

Having driven for 30 years myself, it’s a doctrine I’ve had time to absorb, yet to expostulate a indicate home even serve there’s a special eventuality famous as EcoRun.

What is EcoRun?

EcoRun is an annual eventuality orderly by a Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) that is designed to showcase a accumulation of some-more environmentally-friendly vehicles such as pristine electrics, plug-in and gas-hybrids, hydrogen fuel dungeon vehicles and aloft potency gas-powered options. There were 19 such vehicles during this year’s event.

EcoRun vehicles are driven by AJAC members (of that we am one) over a duration of dual days on open roads with dual primary objectives in mind: to lift recognition of some-more fit offerings accessible in a marketplace, and to magnitude real-world fuel economy.

This year outlines my third as an EcoRun participant, yet it’s a initial time I’ve ever been to New Brunswick, a horde of this year’s event.

New Brunswick was selected as a EcoRun site essentially since of a investment a operation is creation in support of charging infrastructure for pristine electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

2018 AJAC EcoRun2018 AJAC EcoRun

New Brunswick is in a routine of some-more than doubling a series of fast-charging (Level 3, 400-volt) stations from 9 to 19, to go along with 12 Level 2 stations (240-volt). A fast-charger can assign a pristine electric automobile to 80 percent in about 30 minutes, since a Level 2 takes a few hours to grasp a same charge.   

The proliferation of these stations, that are located along a TransCanada Highway and via a province, is poignant as New Brunswick does not nonetheless offer provincial rebates on a squeeze of choice fuel source vehicles. Clearly, a operation is anticipating a stretched charging network will inspire wider adoption of plug-in variety and pristine electrics.

Another large reason a EcoRun train changed easterly in 2018 is a scenic fame of Canada’s Maritime segment in summer – it is simply a fantastic setting.  

EcoRun 2018 consisted of 6 legs widespread out over dual days. What follows is a brief overview of a 6 cars we gathering (three any day, in order), along with a central fuel economy ratings from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and a celebrated fuel economy from EcoRun 2018.  

Day 1

Nissan Leaf

Distance driven: 106 km
NRCan fuel economy total (L/100 km): 2.1
EcoRun celebrated fuel economy (L/100 km): 1.8

2018 AJAC EcoRun Nissan LEAF2018 AJAC EcoRun Nissan LEAF

The Nissan Leaf pristine electric is all-new for 2018 and offers a horde of refinements, a uninformed pattern and a slew of new equipment, including motorist aids such as ProPILOT Assist and e-pedal. Power outlay (147 hp / 236 lb-ft.) and operation (241 km) has also been increased.

My thoughts: we didn’t caring for a effusive Leaf, yet we unequivocally like a new one. Sharp design, considerable unconstrained tech and many softened range.


Nissan Kicks

Distance driven: 112 km
NRCan fuel economy total (L/100 km): 7.2
EcoRun celebrated fuel economy (L/100 km): 5.9

2018 AJAC EcoRun Nissan Kicks2018 AJAC EcoRun Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks compress SUV is a new entrance in a company’s lineup for 2018, replacing a effusive Juke. Three trims are available, all FWD-only and powered by a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine (125 hp / 115 lb-ft.) interconnected with a invariably non-static delivery (CVT).

My thoughts: The Kicks isn’t going to blow we divided with supernatural power, yet it has a startling volume of interior space for a tiny crossover and a well-finished interior.


Volkswagen Jetta

Distance driven: 110 km
NRCan fuel economy total (L/100 km): 7.0
EcoRun celebrated fuel economy (L/100 km): 5.3

2018 AJAC EcoRun Jetta2018 AJAC EcoRun Jetta

Volkswagen’s bestselling automobile in Canada is all-new for 2019, with a new framework and design, some-more interior room and some-more tech. All models are powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine (147 hp / 184 lb-ft.) that’s interconnected with possibly a 6-speed primer or 8-speed involuntary (the EcoRun tester has a latter).  

My thoughts: While we can conclude a perspective that a new Jetta is some-more expansion than series (especially in a pattern department), there’s lots to like here. The atmospheric cabin, 8-speed involuntary and slick-operating practical cockpit are highlights for yours truly.


Day 2

Lexus LS 500h

Distance driven: 49.8 km
NRCan fuel economy total (L/100 km): 9.1
EcoRun celebrated fuel economy (L/100 km): 8.0

2018 AJAC EcoRun Lexus LS500h2018 AJAC EcoRun Lexus LS500h

The flagship Lexus sedan is all-new for 2018 in both gas and hybrid form, with a latter being a partial of EcoRun. Like a other cars we gathering on day one, a LS 500h has a uninformed design, a new powertrain and a raise of new tech. Among a highlights is a new multi-stage hybrid system, a 23-speaker Mark Levinson audio complement and some-more reserve tech.    

My thoughts: Because we gathering a LS 500h on a shortest leg, we didn’t unequivocally have many time to catch a many features. Among a things that stood out, however, were a plush interior, wheeze still float and large looks.



Distance driven: 55.3 km
NRCan fuel economy total (L/100 km): 8.0
EcoRun celebrated fuel economy (L/100 km): 5.3

2018 AJAC EcoRun Mazda62018 AJAC EcoRun Mazda6

The mid-size Mazda6 sedan gets a mid-cycle styling refurbish for 2018 that includes a new front fascia, grille and LED headlights. The interior has also been rested to give it a some-more up-market feel. Two 2.5-litre four-cylinder engines are accessible (one turbo, one non-turbo) that can be interconnected with possibly a 6-speed primer or 6-speed automatic.

My thoughts: The some-more fit non-turbo indication was brought to New Brunswick, and we can demonstrate that it is utterly efficient. The Mazda6 was a handsome, well-equipped and smooth-riding sedan before a modernise and it stays so now.


Toyota Prius Prime

Distance driven: 128 km
NRCan fuel economy total (L/100 km): 2.78
EcoRun celebrated fuel economy (L/100 km): 2.9

2018 AJAC EcoRun Prius Prime2018 AJAC EcoRun Prius Prime

Toyota’s latest plug-in hybrid facilities a unconventional design, 1,000 km of total gas-electric operation and a horde of tech, including a massive, vertically-oriented 11.6-inch touchscreen arrangement that runs a car’s infotainment and meridian control system.

My thoughts: The Prius Prime’s looks competence not have concept appeal, yet we consider it’s appealing generally when compared to other hybrids. The cabin is spacious, and a large touchscreen arrangement and dungeon phone assign pad are good touches.

Final thoughts

I entirely enjoyed EcoRun 2018. Having never been to New Brunswick before to a event, a event to revisit such a pleasing operation and soak adult some of a enlightenment was a genuine provide and a really noted experience. It’s a miraculous place, and we wish to lapse on my possess again someday soon.

As for how we faired in a foe – yes, there is a accessible adversary during EcoRun among participating reporters to see who could expostulate many well – we finished mid-pack, ranking 10th out of 19, earning 9.68 points.

Without removing too distant into a number-crunching weeds, fundamentally a some-more fit we are, a some-more points we earn. we gathering a speed extent as many as probable yet exceeded it in some cases to pass slower vehicles, only as we do in bland pushing situations. Wherever possible, we avoided mashing a accelerator and slamming on a brakes.  

Bottom line, we did my best to not change my pushing character for EcoRun. Even yet we wasn’t a many efficient, we bested a NRCan rating in 5 of a 6 vehicles we gathering and equaled it in a other. we also accessible a many fit rating in a Prius Prime.

I discuss this to underline a indicate that it’s probable to expostulate well and urge on NRCan ratings only by adhering tighten to a speed extent and pushing normally.

The vehicles during EcoRun 2018 are among a many fit accessible in Canada, yet we don’t need to possess one to turn an eco-friendly driver.

All we need for that is a bit of common sense.

Photography by John Walker for AJAC

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