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New Car Fuel Economy Labels

Window labels to make comparing fuel consumption easier

By Liz Crenshaw
|  Wednesday, May 25, 2011  |  Updated 4:37 PM EDT
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New Car Fuel Economy Labels

Department of Energy

Shopping for a fuel efficient car will get easier starting with the 2013 model year.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new fuel economy labels that are designed to help consumers take advantage of increased fuel efficient cars.

The new labels will include estimated annual fuel costs and the vehicle's environmental impact.

Because more vehicles are designed with alternative fuel sources, such as plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, the new labels will make it easier to compare different models. They also will include information on the driving range and charging time of electric vehicles.

“Our new fuel economy and environmental labels are a win for automobile consumers and for the nation’s energy independence,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “These labels will provide consumers with up front information about a vehicle’s fuel costs and savings so that they can make informed decisions when purchasing a new car.”

If you want to see what the new fuel economy labels, click here.
 

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