DOE, Petron partner for first fuel economy standards run

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Text: / Photos: Petron | posted May 17, 2016 09:52

DOE to grow Philippine Energy Standards with first fuel economy run

The Department of Energy (DOE) has partnered with Petron Corporation as its fuel partner in the first economy run in the country using recently gov't mandated Euro-4 fuels (January 1, 2016); the event is dubbed as the 'DOE Euro 4 Fuel Economy Run 2016'.

The result of the economy run will be utilized by the DOE as a benchmark for fuel efficiency labeling, which will soon be required of all auto makers and merchants. This was created as the DOE reported last March 2016 it will grow the Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program (PESLP) to include more appliances, lighting system, and light duty engine vehicles to reinforce the country's vitality proficiency and protection endeavors.

To date, only window-type air-conditioners, split-type air-conditioners, refrigerators from 5 to 8 cubic feet storage capacity, three types of fluorescent lamps, and electrical ballasts are required to have an energy efficiency rating.

About 80 vehicles assigned by 20 automakers and merchants will take part in the event, which will start at 12:01 AM on May 27 at the Petron Clark Station in Angeles City, Pampanga, to the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) by way of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), back to TPLEX northbound, and after that to Petron Clark station as the last destination.

Participating car companies include: Automobile Central Enterprise (Volkswagen), British United Automobiles, Inc. (Mini), Columbian Autocar Corp. (KIA), Eurobrands (Peugeot), Ford Group Philippines, Honda Philippines Inc., Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., Isuzu Philippines Corp., Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp., Motor Image Philippines (Subaru), Nissan Philippines, Inc., PGA Cars (Audi, Porsche), Pilipinas Taj Autogroup, Inc. (Tata Motors), Toyota Motors Philippines Corp., Suzuki Philippines, Inc., and  Volvo Philippines.

"We are proud to partner with the DOE as part of our efforts to promote the use of cleaner and more efficient fuels. We are even prouder to showcase our superior Euro-4 fuels which are produced in the Philippines and formulated for local driving conditions," Petron General Manager Lubin B. Nepomuceno said.

Euro 4 is a globally-accepted European emission standard for vehicles which require significantly low amount of sulfur (0.005% or 50 parts per million) and benzene (maximum of 1% by volume).