A New Fuel Economy Label for a New Generation of Vehicles
Earlier this week, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a new fuel economy label for vehicles that brings consumers more information than ever before.
In what the authorities call the “most dramatic” overhaul of the labelling programme since it began 30 years ago, the new labels will provide fuel efficiency data, annual fuel costs, savings and the vehicle’s environmental impact.
The new label will be required for all model year 2013 cars and trucks – both conventional and next-generation vehicles such as plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, allowing consumers to compare them directly for the first time.
The Obama Administration has brought in new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks in model years 2012 to 2016 and has plans this summer for new fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for commercial trucks, vans and buses for model years 2014 to 2018.
The next generation of fuel economy/greenhouse gas emission vehicle standards are also under development for model year 2017-2025 cars, which will be proposed in September.
“The EPA and DOT are creating a new generation of fuel economy labels to meet the needs of a new generation of innovative cars,” says EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
Beyond Tailpipe Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Driving your vehicle can yield both greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from your vehicle’s tailpipe and GHG emissions related to the production of the fuel used to power your vehicle. For example, activities associated with fuel production such as feedstock extraction, feedstock transport to a processing plant, and conversion of feedstock to motor fuel, as well as distribution of the motor fuel, can all produce GHG emissions.
The Fuel Economy and Environment Label provides a Greenhouse Gas Rating, from 1 (worst) to 10 (best), based on the vehicle’s tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions only, and this rating does not reflect any GHG emissions associated with fuel production.
This calculator allows you to estimate the total GHG emissions that would be associated with driving an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, including GHG emissions from the production of electricity used to power the vehicle.