WASHINGTON (CN) – By 2012 all new cars and trucks will have redesigned fuel economy labels including information about fuel economy, fuel costs and environmental impacts associated with purchase of the vehicle, if a proposed regulation is adopted as planned.
Two agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, plan to redesign the label for gasoline powered vehicles, electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
The agencies request public input on two labels the agencies have proposed that would provide the new information.
The more traditional of the labels shows the information currently required on fuel economy stickers plus fuel costs and estimated environmental costs. The second label features a letter grade representing overall fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, plus the five year projected fuel savings, that may be used to compare a car to ‘the average car.’
The agencies are open to other label designs as long as they communicate the tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions in grams per mile, and annual fuel cost in dollars per year. Label designs also must include a bar chart comparing the combined fuel economy to all other vehicles, a bar chart comparing non-carbon-dioxide emissions to all other vehicles, and a bar-code that can be read by smartphones. The bar-code must contain all the data on the sticker, traditional city and highway economy values in miles per gallon, and combined city/highway fuel consumption in gallons per 100 miles.
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