generation of fuel economy labels revealed
New fuel economy labels were displayed by
the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 at
the Southeast Diesel Collaborative 6th Annual Partners Meeting
in Atlanta, Georgia. The new labels will provide shoppers of
model year 2013 cars and trucks with comprehensive fuel efficiency
EPA was joined by representatives from the Southeast Diesel Collaborative,
which has brought together leaders from federal, state, and local
governments, organizations, industry and academia to reduce diesel
emissions across the eight southeastern states.
“The new labels provide the most powerful tools available for
comparing estimated fuel economy among new vehicles and they
will arm consumers with information that could save thousands
of dollars over the lifetime of a new car,” said EPA regional
administrator Gwen Keyes Fleming.
The new window stickers will have information about a vehicle’s
estimated fuel costs, savings, and impact on the environment.
Although automakers may voluntarily adopt the new labels for
model year 2012 vehicles, all model year 2013 passenger cars
and trucks will feature the improved fuel economy labels. The
requirement applies to all conventional gasoline-powered and
“next generation” cars, such as plug-in hybrids and electric
For the first time, fuel economy labels will compare energy use
and cost between new-technology cars that use electricity and
conventional cars that are gasoline-powered, including estimates
on how much consumers will save or spend on fuel over the next
The labels will also contain easy-to-read ratings of how a model
compares to all other models for smog emissions and emissions
of pollution that contribute to climate change. For electric-powered
cars, the labels will indicate how much electricity it takes
to drive 100 miles, as well as information on the driving range
and recharging time frame.
Also new, a QR code will be on the label to allow smartphone
users to scan the label and get even more information with model
comparison and vehicle specific energy use. The smartphone application
will allow consumers to calculate specific information tailored
to their own driving distances and behaviors to get more precise
estimates of their own expected fuel costs and savings.