It's the beginning of the third and last day of the AJAC Eco-Run. The cars are stored at McMaster University, where we'll begin the day's drive. That photo, taken yesterday at the university, shows the sun coming out just as we were finishing, following a day of downpours.
Of the 22 cars on the event, NRCan was able to give us immediate feedback on 14 of them. On the first leg, 70 per cent of them matched or exceeded their published fuel figures. After we got a pep talk on driving habits, that increased to 80 per cent.
Really, while these new fuel-saving technologies are important, you're still not going to get good mileage if you're a NASCAR wannabe. Where you drive is important - we all got poorer mileage on a long stretch of stop-and-go city traffic. But if you accelerate gently, maintain a steady speed, anticipate traffic, coast to decelerate, and avoid high speeds - the five tips Nature Resources Canada gave us - you'll see a difference at the pumps. I got 6.8 L/100 km in a Porsche Panamera Hybrid!