Eco-friendly car journey to launch on Parliament Hill

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The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) is kicking off its sixth EcoRun on June 15 in Ottawa at a ceremony on Parliament Hill featuring the 19 fuel-efficient and eco-friendly vehicles that will drive a total of 670 kilometres, said the organization in a news release. Some of the country’s top automotive journalists will be driving the vehicles in real-world road conditions to test for fuel efficiency, the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and to highlight the growing electric infrastructure being built in Quebec and Ontario.

To help inform consumers of “alternative options,” the new vehicles will have a broad range covering everything from subcompacts to pickup trucks, said the release.

The annual event includes the gamut of green vehicles from plug-in and conventional hybrids to hydrogen fuel cells, pure electrics and highly-efficient gasoline options.

Each stop along the route that begins in Ontario and is mostly centred in Quebec, has been chosen because of its existing charging infrastructure, scenery and activities available in the vicinity.

The event’s most eco-friendly driver will be awarded with the yearly Green Jersey award.

“As the voice of transportation fuels industry in Canada, the Canadian Fuels Association is pleased to be involved with AJAC’s EcoRun and sponsoring the Green Jersey,” said Peter Boag, President and CEO, Canadian Fuels Association.

Other sponsors of EcoRun include Natural Resources Canada, AddEnergie, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. and Meo Electric.

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