EPA and NHTSA Issue Revamped Window Stickers

CNG vehicle window sticker

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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