Petron was the official fuel for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Euro 4 Fuel Economy Run, held on May 27, 2016. This is part of the DOE’s initiative to strengthen the country’s energy efficiency and conservation efforts by expanding the Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program (PESLP) to include light duty motor vehicles.
With support from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers in the Philippines (CAMPI) and the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID), a total of 70 vehicles were entered in this fuel efficiency benchmarking run. Thirty-eight gasoline engine cars used Petron Euro 4 XCS, while 32 diesel vehicles used Petron Euro 4 Turbo Diesel.
Petron Clark Station in Angeles City, Pampanga was 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). The car companies fielded their own driver-navigator teams for the run, with an independent observer riding shotgun to ensure that guidelines were complied with.
The participating car companies include: Asianbrands Motors Corporation (Mahindra), Automobile Central Enterprise Inc. (Volkswagen), Bayan Automotive Industries Corporation (BAIC), Berjaya Auto Philippines (Mazda), British United Automobiles Inc., Columbian Autocar Corporation (Kia), Eurobrands Distributor Inc. (Peugeot), Ford Group Philippines, Honda Cars Philippines Inc., Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., Isuzu Philippines Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation, Motor Image Philippines Inc. (Subaru), Nissan Philippines Inc., PGA Cars Inc. (Audi / Porsche), Pilipinas Taj Autogroup Inc. (Tata Motors), Suzuki Philippines Inc., The Covenant Car Company Inc. (Chevrolet), Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation, United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (Foton), and Volvo Philippines.
Petron was the first oil company to locally produce a full line-up of gasoline variants that meet Euro 4 standards, six months ahead of the government mandate requiring all fuels sold in the country to meet the Philippine Euro 4 standard by January 2016. This Clean Air initiative sets allowable sulfur content for gasoline and diesel fuels at 50 parts per million (ppm), which is 10-times cleaner than previous Euro 2 fuels.
As a fuel innovator, Petron has also specially formulated its Euro 4 fuels with advanced additives to deliver TriActiv benefits, namely: (1) better engine protection for longer engine life; (2) better mileage for longer drives; and (3) better power. Petron’s line up of Euro 4 TriActiv fuels are available at all 2,200 Petron service stations nationwide.
Petron invested US $2-billion to upgrade its Bataan Refinery and ensure the reliable production of more environment-friendly and premium fuels. It also operates a fuel additives blending plant in Subic Bay, in partnership with the leading global fuel specialties company Innospec. With these capabilities, Petron is able to produce Euro 4 fuel variants that meet the unique needs of motorists.
As the official fuel of the first Euro 4 Fuel Economy Run in the country, Petron sets another benchmark in providing Filipino motorists with comparable fuel efficiency ratings which can help them make more informed purchase decisions.
The official fuel efficiency ratings will be presented by the DOE to car company executives on June 14 at the Makati Diamond Hotel, at a gala night hosted by Petron Corporation.
Photos by Neil Pagulayan