The Philippine Department of Energy (DOE) plans to establish a “fuel efficiency labeling” program after completing a fuel economy run that it is undertaking with market leader Petron Corporation. According to DOE, public consultation will be conducted first before finalizing the labeling program.
Currently, energy efficiency rating is only required for appliances such as air-conditioners, refrigerators, fluorescent lamps and electrical ballasts.
For the fuel economy run, about 80 vehicles have been invited to participate. Petron will be the sole fuel supplier. The event is scheduled on May 27 at the Petron Clark station in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Companies joining the fuel economy run are Pilipinas Taj Group (Tata Motors), Isuzu Philippines Corporation, Nissan Philippines, Volvo Philippines, Toyota Motors Philippines Corporation, Suzuki Philippines, Ford Group Philippines, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., Honda Philippines, Inc, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, Inc., and British United Automobiles, Inc., among others.
Petron General Manager Lubin B. Nepomuceno said the event will be a good venue “to showcase our Euro 4 fuels which are produced in the Philippines and formulated for local driving conditions.”
According to the energy department, “the results of the economy run will be used by the DOE as a benchmark for fuel efficiency labeling” that it will soon require for car manufacturers and importers.