Danessa Rivera (The Philippine Star) - May 29, 2016 - 12:00am
CLARK, PAMPANGA, Philippines – Seventy motor vehicles from various car companies participated in the country’s first Euro 4 Fuel Eco Run Friday, whose data will be groundwork for an expanded energy efficiency standards including motor vehicles.
The Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Petron Corp., conducted the Euro 4 Fuel Eco Run 2016 past 12 midnight Friday to promote fuel economy awareness among consumers.
“What we want is to come out with a Euro 4 standard with motor vehicles… as part of our COP21 commitment,” DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos said in an interview.
He said 36 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from motor vehicles.
Now that the country is Euro 4-compliant, there will be a 90 percent reduction of emissions from the previous Euro 2 fuels, Marcos said.
Twenty-two car manufacturers and importers in the fuel economy run sent 70 motor vehicles to participate in the activity to travel a distance of about 300 kilometers at a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. Of the total vehicles, 38 units were gasoline-fed and 32 diesel-fed.
“With Petron Clark station in Angeles, Pampanga as the take-off and finish point, the run traversed some 300 kilometers on the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX),” Petron said.
The car companies include Pilipinas Taj Autogroup Inc. (Tata Motors), Eurobrands Distributor Inc. (Peugeot Philippines), Automobile Central Enterprise Inc. (Volkswagen), Asianbrands Motors Corp. (Mahindra), Berjaya Auto Philippines (Mazda), Ssangyong Berjaya Motor Philippines, Bayan Automotive Industries Corp., Isuzu Philippines Corp., Nissan Philippines Inc., PGA Cars Inc., Volvo Philippines, Toyota Motors Philippines Corp., Suzuki Philippines Inc., Columbian Autocar Cop. (Kia), Ford Group Philippines, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., Honda Philippines Inc., British United Automobiles Inc. (Mini), Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp., Motor Image Philippines Inc. (Subaru), The Covenant Car Co. Inc. (Chevrolet Philippines) and Foton Motors Philippines Inc.