New vehicle fuel economy labels may also show environmental grade

"We are asking the American people to tell us what they need to make the best economic and environmental decisions when buying a new car,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “New fuel economy labels will keep pace with the new generation of fuel efficient cars and trucks rolling off the line, and provide simple, straightforward updates to inform consumers about their choices in a rapidly changing market. We want to help buyers find vehicles that meet their needs, keep the air clean and save them money at the pump."

Read more on the EPA's news release.

Information via the EPA and MNN; photo via EPA.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are teaming up and proposing a rule for the addition of fuel economy stickers to all new vehicles, starting with the 2012 models.

Mother Nature Network writes:

"The two agencies have jointly proposed that all car stickers be printed with a vehicle’s environmental grade, from A+ to D, beginning with model year 2012 vehicles. The new grades will allow consumers to compare a conventional vehicle’s environmental impact with that of a hybrid. The same comparison can be made between hybrid and electric vehicles, providing consumers a more comprehensive look at the environmental impact of newer vehicle technologies."

There are two labels being decided upon. One will have a letter grade to indicate the vehicle’s overall fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions performance and will compare fuel cost savings over five years to that of an average gasoline-powered vehicle of the same model year. The second label will still list the vehicle's miles per gallon (MPG) and annual fuel costs, but will also add the new information that compares fuel economy and emissions to other same year models. Both labels will include new information on fuel consumption, tailpipe carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and smog-related emissions.

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