By now, you may have heard about the proposal from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to change the fuel economy labels in the windows of new cars to make them more informative.
Your input is still needed on the design of the new labels. Beginning Aug. 30 and continuing for 60 days, the public can comment on the label design options.
“We are asking the American people to tell us what they need to make the best economic and environmental decisions when buying a new car,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “New fuel economy labels will keep pace with the new generation of fuel efficient cars and trucks rolling off the line, and provide simple, straightforward updates to inform consumers about their choices in a rapidly changing market. We want to help buyers find the vehicles that meet their needs, keep the air clean and save them money at the pump.”
You can view the proposed rule changes and the two label designs at http://www.epa.gov/fueleconomy/ and submit your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why New Labels?
The new labels are intended to help provide you with straightforward comparisons across all types of vehicles, including electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and conventional gasoline-powered vehicles.
In addition, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 calls on the EPA and DOT to rate vehicles according to fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, and smog forming pollutants. The new designs are intended to help provide enhanced information on a vehicle’s efficiency and environmental performance in compliance with the Act.
What If I Am Shopping for a New Car Now?
If you’re looking to buy a more environmentally friendly car now, CarLocate.com offers you the convenient “Green Search” option to help you quickly and easily identify cars that are more eco-friendly on the site. What Green Means on CarLocate.com.
- From the New Car search page, click on “New Green Vehicles” to find eco-friendly new cars in your area.
- From the Used Car search page, click on “Used Green vehicles” to find eco-friendly used cars in your area.
- Also, any time you browse vehicle listings on CarLocate.com, a green leaf symbol
( ) will display next to any car that meets the Green Search criteria.
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