The New Fuel Economy and Environment Label
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation have adopted a new Fuel Economy and Environment Label that is required on all vehicles beginning in model year 2013. In order to harmonize with the Federal labeling program, this new label is replacing the California Environmental Performance Label on most new cars sold here.
The DriveClean.ca.gov website will be transitioning to the new Federal scoring system for 2013 vehicles and beyond. This online scoring transition will take place through early 2013, in which during this time DriveClean.ca.gov may display a mix of California and Federal scores.
The new federal label includes special features, such as:
- 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 a plug-in vehicle.
- A QR Code tha will allow users of smartphones to access online information about how various models compare on fuel economy and other environmental and energy factors.
How the New Label Can Help You
The new federal label can help you compare vehicles no matter which vehicle technology type you choose. See how the new label differs based upon vehicle technology:
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