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New US Fuel Economy Label Avoids Graded Ratings

Posted 26 May 2011 by Anastasia O'Rourke to Ecolabel News.

The US government (Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation) released an updated fuel-economy labelling system for cars on Wednesday geared towards helping consumers understand the cars’ fuel economy and environmental impact (on some key mterics).

What they did not do was give a final grade – as had been proposed – so that consumers could quickly and easily see an absolute rating (A, B, C or D) of fuel economy and air pollution compared to those of the entire fleet of new cars. Even though they avoided the “F” grade, the idea was still dropped.

Other features worth noting: the labels will include an annual estimated fuel cost for the car (assuming 15,000 miles travelled and a cost of $3.70 per gallon). Secondly, it includes a QR code that will link people to calculators online to make more detailed comparisons.