Fuel economy stickers may soon change

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New fuel economy stickers might reveal how much you stand to save at the pump. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The Obama administration is working with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation on implementing a change in what people read into fuel economy stickers at dealerships. There are two new versions of fuel economy stickers to choose from, and people are encouraged to go to an Environmental Protection Agency website to choose which they prefer. Vehicles at dealerships will display either a letter grade rating or the average miles per gallon, along with environmental impact ratings. Emission standards have been of some concern lately, and that is what the new labels will reflect.

New fuel economy stickers proposed

Recently, the Obama administration started work on creating new fuel economy and environmental impact label for cars and trucks for sale at dealerships. Two designs are available to choose from, and input from the general public is desired. According to the Wall Street Journal, the new stickers, meant for showroom floors at dealerships, are meant to reflect the environmental impact from emissions. The new stickers are also intended to demonstrate savings compared with similar models thanks to fuel economy.

Get out the Volt

The new car stickers make it easier to put hybrid cars and electric cars in perspective against traditional cars, according to USA Today. The plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt and the all-electric Nissan Leaf are two hotly awaited green cars. One design of the new fuel economy stickers will be a letter grade, derived from environmental impact and fuel economy. (Low emissions and high miles per gallon mean a better grade.) The other will feature combined city and highway miles per gallon, estimated annual fuel cost and how well the car model in question stacks against the best and worst of its class. For instance, a Chevy Suburban will rate low and a Ford Escape Hybrid will rate higher.

Looking for input

The Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House all would like your input. Concerned citizens can go to the EPA website concerning the stickers and leave their thoughts, which can be accessed by clicking the link to the EPA’s website below.

Further Reading

Wall Street Journal

USA Today

EPA Fuel Economy label website

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