EPA and NHTSA Issue Revamped Window Stickers

MPG win­dow stick­ers on new cars have been get­ting way more com­pli­cat­ed in the past cou­ple of years. The Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and the Nation­al High­way Traf­fic Safe­ty Admin­is­tra­tion, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Seat­tle-based agency PRR, has intro­duced a revamped fuel econ­o­my label post­ed on the win­dow stick­er of all new 2013 cars and light-duty trucks sold in the US. The goal is to help con­sumers com­pare vehi­cles and make smart choic­es on fuel econ­o­my – dur­ing a new era when that could mean plug-in elec­tric vehi­cles, hybrids, and nat­ur­al gas vehi­cles. Crit­i­cal to that mis­sion is ensur­ing that the sci­ence of fuel econ­o­my makes sense to car shop­pers.

The labels now present:
• 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.

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