Province Commuting Challenge: Smooth operator

To say Dragan Keseric likes cars is a bit of an understatement.

The 30-year-old has owned no less than 10 since he first received his driver’s licence. But none have been a hybrid.

In fact, before he jumped behind the wheel of the 2013 Toyota Prius C to take part in the weeklong Province Commuting Challenge, he’d
never driven a hybrid. Still, he did know about the technology that uses a gasoline engine combined with an electric motor, so “it isn’t to hard to figure out what it’s all about.”

And that would be fuel efficiency, something the owner of a 2010 VW Touareg TDI is all too aware of.

“I live in South Burnaby and the company that I work for has two offices; one downtown by Canada Place, and another one out in Deltaport,” the longshore foreman says,
noting he bought the diesel Touareg with better fuel economy in mind.

His five-day commute with the Prius saw him go to Deltaport three days and downtown the other two, for a grand total of just over 500 kilometres (504.2). He logged 13 hours and 16 minutes during that commute and used the all-electric mode an impressive 27 per cent of the time (or for 135.4 kilometres).

As with our past Commuting Challenge testers, Keseric was intrigued by the Prius C’s digital readout screen that shows real-time feedback on power consumption.

“Especially in stop and go traffic, I found myself trying to keep it just using electricity and no engine power,” Keseric says.

Weekly consumption4

Clearly, he did a good job as more than one-quarter of the kilometres he travelled were solely under electric power, which certainly helped to achieve the impressive 4.8 L/100km
fuel economy mark he set during his time with the Prius C.

“It was really easy to drive, fuel economy is great, obviously,” he says, though adds the hybrid did have its downside. “For city driving it had more than enough power, but for highways, on the onramp you have to giver to get it up to 100 km/h. So I found it not that great for highway driving.”

He did like how quiet it was, and on that note mentions he took his dad for a drive in it, and his father asked if the car was turned on.

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