EPA, DOT Unveil the Next Generation of Fuel Economy Labels


The U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have unveiled new fuel economy labels that will help consumers take advantage of the increased efficiency standards achieved under the Obama Administration that will save families money at the pump starting this year.

The new labels, which are the most dramatic overhaul to fuel economy labels since the program began more than 30 years ago, will provide more comprehensive fuel efficiency information, including estimated annual fuel costs, savings, as well as information on each vehicle’s environmental impact. The new labels underscore the benefits of the historic, bipartisan passenger car and truck fuel economy rule adopted under this administration by the EPA and DOT in 2010.

These improvements will give consumers better, more complete information to consider when purchasing new vehicles that are covered by the increased fuel economy standards. Starting with model year 2013, the improved fuel economy labels will be required to be affixed to all new passenger cars and trucks – both conventional gasoline powered and “next generation” cars, such as plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.

The new labels announced today will help consumers take advantage of the new, more energy efficient fleet, allowing them to save money at the pump. Consumers will see the new labels in showrooms early next year, when 2013 models begin arriving. Automakers may also voluntarily adopt the new labels earlier for model year 2012 vehicles.

The new labels will for the first time provide:

  • · New ways to compare energy use and cost between new-technology cars that use electricity and conventional cars that are gasoline-powered.· Useful estimates on how much consumers will save or spend on fuel over the next five years compared to the average new vehicle.
  • · Easy-to-read ratings of how a model compares to all others for smog emissions and emissions of pollution that contribute to climate change.
  • · An estimate of how much fuel or electricity it takes to drive 100 miles.
  • · Information on the driving range and charging time of an electric vehicle.
  • · A QR Code® is registered trademark of DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED that will allow users of smartphones to access online information about how various models compare on fuel economy and other environmental and energy factors. This tool will also allow consumers to enter information about their typical commutes and driving behavior in order to get a more precise estimate of fuel costs and savings.

The new labels are required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Consumers can get more information on the new label at: http://fueleconomy.gov/label

More information on the new label can be found at http://www.epa.gov/carlabel and http://www.nhtsa.gov/fuel-economy

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