Category Archive: Fuel Ecomomy

Sep 12

Road Test Special: Living With An Electric Vehicle – A Day-To-Day Comparison of Three Models (INTRODUCTION)

EV Charge Logo, Iain ShanklandLast year a lot had been said in the media about EV’s and how many we’re going to see in the very near future. This year everything regarding EV’s has kicked up another notch with many manufacturers falling over each other trying to be the first with the best offerings to the public.

Various governments have also stepped up and are fully committed to change the automotive landscape from traditional ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles to EV’s (see descriptions of various EV’s below). The incentives vary from Read the rest of this entry »


Dec 15

2017 Kia Niro Sets Guinness World Record Title For Lowest Fuel Consumption By A Hybrid Vehicle

Kia Nero, Road-Test.orgNew kind of crossover boasts a number of firsts for Kia, including a new, dedicated eco-car platform and a unique hybrid system

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 15, 2016 – Arriving at New York City Hall in downtown Manhattan, the 2017 Kia Niro officially received a Guinness World Record® title for the lowest fuel consumption driving across the USA from coast to coast (hybrid car).  The new record-setting mark is an incredible 76.6 mpg (3.07 L/100 km).

“We’re extremely pleased with the Niro’s record-breaking performance,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “We set out to build a vehicle that offers real-world utility, great looks and fantastic mileage, and setting the Guinness World Record® title confirms our achievement.” Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 31

Ford Changed The World When He Gave Us The Model T – Tesla’s Going To Change It Back Again

Ford brought the Model T to the masses – Tesla plans to do the same…with the Model

Tesla. What’s the first thing you think of when you read or hear that word?

For me, it was a very expensive electric car that the Hollywood gang loved to be seen-in – so they could tell us how to live our life and save the environment from their ivory tower. For that reason alone, I completely ignored the car and everything about it.

But I was wrong – so very wrong. What changed my mind? Read the rest of this entry »


Mar 17

Electric Vehicles – The Answer to Every Urban Commuter’s Prayers

…Or Are They?

Iain Shankland,, Tesla StationAt this year’s Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) the stand-out theme would have to be Electric Vehicles (EVs) – at least that’s where most of the manufacturers seem to be spending their time, energy and design money. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with electric vehicles – don’t get me wrong – but the fact that they’re being touted as an urban commuter – I’m not so sure about that.

Over the past few years I’ve written a couple of articles about EVs and hybrids – their pros and cons, and a lot of people have wondered why they haven’t really caught on. Well, it’s starting to look like the EV has gained enough momentum that it might actually dominate the market in the not too distant future. Manufacturers are all on board, sure there’s the odd hold-out like Mazda, but overall the manufacturers are fully committed to embracing electric – some are also looking at hydrogen and hybrid in tandem – or maybe they’re just hedging their bets. Read the rest of this entry »


Jan 06

What can I do to improve my fuel economy in cold weather?

Fuel Economy in Cold Weather

Person driving in snowy weather

Cold weather and winter driving conditions can reduce your fuel economy significantly.

Fuel economy tests show that, in short-trip city driving, a conventional gasoline car’s gas mileage is about 12% lower at -7°C (20°F) than it would be at 25°C (77°F). It can drop as much as 22% for very short trips (5-8 kms / 3-4 miles).

The effect on hybrids is worse. Their fuel economy can drop about 31% to 34% under these conditions.

Why is winter fuel economy lower?

Cold weather affects your vehicle in more ways than you might expect: Read the rest of this entry »


Feb 10

How Does Cold Weather Affect Fuel Economy?

Cold weather and winter driving conditions can reduce your fuel economy significantly. Fuel economy tests show that, in short-trip city driving, a conventional gasoline car’s gas mileage is about 12% lower at 20°F (6°C) than it would be at 77°F (25°C). It can drop as much as 22% for very short trips (3 to 4 miles). The effect on hybrid vehicles is worse. Their fuel economy can drop about 31% to 34% under winter conditions. These conclusions are based on an analysis by Oak Ridge National Laboratory comparing EPA Federal Test Procedure (FTP) results for 600 conventional vehicles and 14 hybrids under “normal” temperatures (around 77°F / 25°C) and cold-weather conditions (20°F / 6°C),

According to the DOE/EPA website, cold weather can affect your vehicle in more ways than you might expect: Read the rest of this entry »


Nov 19

Road Test – 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi SEL

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2013 Ford C-MAX Energi SEL

The all-new C-MAX is a great looking little city runabout that’s sure to stand out in a crowd. With the world striving to go green, manufacturers are forever trying to find a way to make vehicles more fuel efficient. Each manufacturer has their own take on how to save the planet – for some it’s hydrogen, for others it’s diesel, hybrid, electric or combinations there-of. The C-MAX is a different animal – it straddles the realm between and EV and a hybrid. Its forté is that you can plug it in and run on electric-only for short trips around town – where the majority of pollutants are emitted in stop-and-go traffic. Unlike other EVs it has a real motor to extend its range, making the C-MAX far more desirable than your standard EV or hybrid.

What Is It?

  • Plug in EV (Electric Vehicle) Hybrid
  • It’s a plug in battery operated vehicle with the bonus of having a real 4-cylinder engine for longer commutes or when the battery runs out
  • Can be used as electric-only in town/city
  • Or set to Auto and allow computer to decide what’s most efficient
  • All-electric range is 43 kilometres, gas-plus electric is 1,221 km (highly doubtful based on my usage)
  • Re-charge overnight using standards 120-volt outlet
  • There is a regular hybrid version available too – called the C-MAX Hybrid
  • In Europe there’s a gasoline and diesel version called B-MAX Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 15

Ford F-150 to Offer Ability to Run on Compressed Natural Gas in Canada

Ford - Go Further logo News

DEARBORN, Mich., August 15, 2013 – Ford, Canada’s truck leader, will offer the 2014 F-150 with an optional engine that has the ability to run on compressed natural gas, making Ford the only manufacturer with an available CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup.

The 2014 Ford F-150 with 3.7-litre V6 engine will be available this fall with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and rings so it can operate on either natural gas or gasoline through separate fuel systems. Read the rest of this entry »


Jun 02

Critics say new Ontario Drive Clean test is a waste of money


 The oldest, worst-polluting vehicles are exempt from emissions testing…

 Ontario Drive CleanTORONTO – At Cam’s Automotive Service in downtown Toronto, about 20 vehicles go through the Drive Clean test every day.

It’s a busy shop.

The bays are full, mechanics bend, squat and move around vehicles to the accompaniment of the banging and clanging sounds of a garage and the parking lot outside is jammed with cars.

Inside a dynamometer, the testing machine used across Ontario since the program was instituted in 1999 by measuring tailpipe emissions, sits collecting dust, an expensive relic.

This past January, shops across the province started using new test machines that read on-board vehicle computers.

Drive Clean is a mandatory $35 (plus tax) test required every two years for vehicles seven years or older.

If your car fails, you can’t renew your licence plate sticker.

But most don’t.

Over the past few years, 95% of all cars and light trucks passed on the first try and 90% have done so every year since 2004. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 23

Toyota Canada Celebrating Earth Week With Free, Personalized Fuel-Efficiency Reports

[Toyota Canada célèbre la Semaine de la Terre d’un rapport personnalisé gratuit sur le rendement énergétique – – Après l’anglais]
Toyota Canada celebrating Earth Week by helping its customers make fuel-efficient vehicle choices with  free, personalized fuel-efficiency reports
TCI’s focus on green innovation leads to collaboration with MyCarma, which collects detailed data on personal driving habits so drivers can choose the right fuel-efficient vehicle

TORONTO, ON., (April 23, 2013) – From introducing and evolving hybrid powertrains to rolling out new materials in vehicle design, Toyota Canada is committed to making personal mobility as environmentally-friendly as possible.

The latest example of this green innovation is a collaboration with Waterloo-based MyCarma, which uses sophisticated computer modeling and analysis to help drivers maximize their fuel efficiency. By taking into account the personal driving habits of each individual driver, MyCarma is able to provide specialized reports that indicate the predicted fuel use of any Toyota vehicle, enabling drivers to make the ideal fuel-efficiency decision on their next vehicle purchase.
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