In May 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finalized the biggest re-design ever of the fuel economy car labels since they were introduced 35 years ago. When the new “fuel economy and environment” labels start to appear in showrooms and online, car shoppers will have more information at their fingertips than ever before like:
- 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®1 (footnote) that will allow users of smartphones to access online information about how various models compare on fuel economy and other environmental and energy factors.
The new labels will begin appearing in dealer showrooms in 2012 when the 2013 models begin to go on display or earlier if automakers voluntarily adopt the new labels for model year 2012 vehicles.
Click here to view the labels and find interactive information about the new labels.