What we discovered about power effectivity after driving a few of Canada’s greenest autos

A Volvo C40 Recharge charging exterior a resort throughout the 2022 Eco Run.The Globe and Mail

Over two days lately, 15 autos travelled nearly 800 kilometres by way of Ontario, and all 15 collectively consumed about the identical quantity of gasoline as would three common full-size pickups over the identical distance.

The event was the Car Journalists Affiliation of Canada’s Eco Run, an annual occasion that since 2012 has evaluated Canada’s most fuel-efficient autos.

The 2022 drive was the primary since 2019 due to the pandemic and it was additionally the primary time all of the autos had been electrified – three common hybrids, 4 plug-in hybrid electrical autos (PHEVs), and eight full battery-electric autos (BEVs). No diesels, no petrol-sipping econoboxes.

Worthwhile because the Eco Run is, it has its limitations. The Detroit automakers had been conspicuously absent this 12 months, and the one Europeans had been a pair of Volvos. That left two Asian auto maker teams dominating the proceedings: Toyota/Lexus, and Hyundai/Kia/Genesis.

All outcomes are primarily based on trip-computer readouts, which, like speedometers, will not be all completely correct. As properly, not each journalist drove each car, so there may very well be some skew primarily based on particular person driving types.

Though the occasion comprised seven legs, I’m contemplating the primary six individually from the final. That’s as a result of Leg 7 was nearly all freeway (together with stretches with Ontario’s new 110-kilometre-an-hour velocity restrict); it additionally got here on the finish of a protracted day, when most of us simply needed to get to the resort, feather-footing be damned.

13 of the autos recorded their worst gasoline/power consumption on Leg 7. In contrast with the typical for the primary six legs, their consumption was anyplace from 15 to 65 per cent worse.

One final qualifier: Due to restricted charging services, the plug-in hybrid autos weren’t recharged en route, nor did they begin the run absolutely charged. The Hyundai Tucson PHEV I drove on the primary leg, for instance, was half charged. The preliminary state of cost of the opposite PHEVs is unknown.

All that mentioned, what can we study from the outcomes as they stand? For one factor, all the standard hybrids and PHEVs improved on their official freeway consumption figures supplied by the producers throughout Legs 1 to six, which had been nearly totally a rural ramble, with most velocity limits of 90 kilometres an hour. However, aside from the Volvo XC90, all had been thirstier than their official ranking on Leg 7.

The BEVs, then again, beat their official rankings all through – by a whopping 33 per cent on common, within the case of the primary six legs.

Gasoline/power consumption for Eco Run autos

How the 15 autos examine over the seven legs of the journey

LEG 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 AVG 1-6
Distance 123 117 87 113 73 127.0 133
Toyota RAV4 PRIME PHEV 4.9 4.4 4.6 5.2 5.7 5.3 6.9 5.0
Lexus NX450h PHEV 4.9 4.8 5.2 5.5 5.9 5.5 8.8 5.3
Kia Sportage HEV 5.2 4.7 5.0 5.6 5.9 5.6 7.4 5.3
Toyota Sienna AWD HEV 5.2 x x 5.6 5.3 x x 5.4
Lexus NX350h HEV 5.3 5.1 5.6 5.9 6.4 6.3 6.9 5.8
Hyundai Tucson PHEV 5.0 4.9 5.9 5.7 7.5 x 7.0 5.8
Volvo XC90 ER PHEV 6.1 6.4 7.4 7.2 7.6 7.3 8.0 7.0
Genesis G80 #1 14.1 14.3 15.6 14.5 16.6 15.5 20.0 15.1
Hyundai Ioniq5 #1 13.9 12.9 14.7 15.5 16.9 16.9 20.1 15.1
Kia EV6 13.9 13.1 15.3 16.4 17.6 15.5 17.3 15.3
Genesis G80 #2 13.7 16.0 14.1 15.0 17.4 15.9 x 15.4
Hyundai Ioniq5 #2 13.2 13.0 16.7 15.8 17.1 17.3 21.5 15.5
Genesis GV60 #2 16.4 14.1 17.0 19.4 19.0 18.3 24.5 17.4
Genesis GV60 #1* 17.9 18.0 19.9 x x x x 18.6
Volvo C40 15.4 19.2 17.4 18.8 20.6 20.4 21.8 18.6

Eco Run/Jeremy Sinek

Listed below are a number of different outcomes price noting:

I didn’t drive the Toyota Sienna, however its outcomes acquired my consideration. The Toyota minivan comes customary as a hybrid, and the all-wheel-drive mannequin on the Eco Run averaged 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres. Its Pure Assets Canada freeway ranking is 6.6.

Toyota additionally dominated the plug-in hybrids’ outcomes. The RAV4 Prime achieved the bottom gasoline consumption over all (5 litres per 100 kilometres), whereas its mechanically comparable however heavier Lexus NX450h cousin tied for second place with the Kia Sportage Hybrid (5.3).

The Lexus NX450h cousin tied for second place in gasoline consumption.The Globe and Mail

It was instructive to check the Kia Sportage Hybrid and the Hyundai Tucson Plug-in Hybrid as a result of, mannequin for mannequin, these company siblings are mainly the identical below the pores and skin. As you’d anticipate, the PHEV Tucson recorded barely higher gasoline consumption (5 litres per 100 kilometres) than the hybrid Sportage over the primary leg (5.2), courtesy of the preliminary 25 kilometres of electrical driving afforded by its 50-per-cent preliminary state of cost. Over the remaining six legs, nonetheless, the hybrid was significantly extra miserly than the plug-in (5.7 versus 6.2). That matches with the federal government figures and appears to substantiate that when a PHEV has used up its preliminary cost, its larger weight (battery pack and motor) damage its gasoline effectivity.

One other shock was the power effectivity of the brand new Genesis G80 Electrical. This luxurious mid-size sedan handily beat the compact crossovers that made up the remainder of the BEV contingent. I think that speaks to the advantages of a sedan’s decrease aerodynamic drag, on a route that was nearly totally freeway driving.

As regards to compact crossovers, a much less commendable shock was the “thirst” of the Volvo C40. Though one of many smallest automobiles within the convoy, it constantly posted the best power consumption figures – 18.6 kilowatt-hours per 100 kilometres over Legs 1 to six versus the group’s common of 16.4. Then once more, the C40 in my ebook was additionally probably the most enjoyable to drive.

That mentioned, the C40′s 21.8 kilowatt-hours per 100 kilometres on the ultimate leg of the journey wasn’t the worst BEV efficiency – one of many GV60s took that honour (24.5), rushing to the resort with this author on the wheel.

The most effective power consumption of all of the BEVs was a tie (15.1 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometres) between a G80 and one of many two Hyundai Ioniq 5s, with the Kia EV6 shut behind at 15.3. The opposite G80 and Ioniq 5 got here in at 15.4 and 15.5, respectively.

The Kia EV6 achieved an power consumption of 15.3 kilowatt-hours per 100 kilometres.The Globe and Mail

The Genesis GV60s had been thirstier than their Hyundai/Kia company siblings, recording 17.4 and 18.6 kilowatt hours, respectively (although the latter’s outcome was primarily based on solely the primary three legs; it was pressured to drop out after on the primary in a single day cease). The GV60s, for the file, had been the extra highly effective Efficiency fashions; the Superior trim claims considerably higher power effectivity.

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