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Updated United States fuel economy labeling, unveiled on Wednesday, includes additional information on plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, and highlights other advanced technologies aimed at reducing gasoline consumption and tailpipe emissions.

The redesigned window stickers, required on all 2013 models, enables consumers to quickly compare fuel savings for different types of vehicles, whether they rely on gasoline or some type of alternative fuel. For example, the labels display estimates of how much fuel or electricity would be required to drive 100 miles and how much time is needed to charge a plug-in vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf.

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says the reason for the redesigned labels is to give consumers, "the best possible information about which cars on the lot offer the greatest fuel economy and the best environmental performance." The EPA developed the updated labels with assistance from the Department of Transportation.

Click here (pdf) for a detailed look at all of the revised fuel economy labels and follow the jump to view video on the labels' Smartphone "QR Code." Let us know your thoughts on the updated labels by voicing your opinion in the Comments, as well.



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      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only problem I see here is that they are doing too much math for the consumer. If their annual fuel savings is based on $3 a gallon, and fuel is at $4 a gallon, the projected costs are way off. And if a diesel gets the same fuel economy as a plugin hybrid, they aren't really going to have the same fuel costs if the hybrid can run to and from work without ever using a drop of fuel and the fuel it does use is 87 octane which is much cheaper than diesel at present. So leave off the fuel economy and greenhouse gas rating, and just post the raw numbers. Bad information is worse than no information.
      Robert Guernsey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, they could be far worse considering they could have gone with the grading system. But they could have been better. Wouldn't some consistency between the different types of label been a good thing? We have estimated driving range for electric and plug-in hybrid but not for gasoline powered vehicles.
      Justin Hendrix
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what will happen to the cars that will not "save" you anything? Will it show how much more they can cost someone? Just a thought. And will they adjust the gas cost for vehicles that require premium fuel?
      Peter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ahhhh...HOW MUCH IS THIS GONNA' COST US? And one might ask is it REALLY necessary? Your government at work!
        Tone
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        Sigh...
        Toneron
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Peter
        Exactly! Buildings full of people with lifetime benefits pushing paper around and drawing happy shapes with numbers in them! Or letters? But what to do about people that can't read? We need a little voice recording glued to the window. Better hire a new department!
      RadicalxEdward
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's just going to be annoying when the car companies start putting fuel economy ahead of things like quality and performance because none of those are on the window sticker and don't "save you money"
        Jake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RadicalxEdward
        It'd be awesome if they also had to put a "ring time" or a Laguna Seca time on the label.
      RG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yup, utterly confusing and full of crap-ola. It's exactly what one should expect from government bureaucrats who believe their role in life is to make decisions for us, because we're all too stupid to make up our own minds. I'm sure your average consumer's "shopping experience will be greatly enhanced" by this garbage.
        chickenflauta
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RG
        But ... Most consumers actually aren't that savvy when it comes to comparing a Prius to a Leaf to a Corolla. It is the government's job to look after the environment, regulate automobile emissions, and establish a standard for evaluation.... so while I personally agree the "MPGe" metric is really terrible and relies on far too many assumptions, I'm not really sure what you're complaining about. The new window sticker was developed specifically to address issues the average car buyer wants to know as best as possible. Oh but big government is terrible! Turning us all into lifeless overtaxed clones! Let me just drive my truck in peace PLEASE. Give me a break.
      Bruce Wayne
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's in english. what is so confusing? how does a window sticker twist your arm in to making a decision exactly? if anything it lists one factor that is extremely appealing; saving money on gas. if the collateral benefits are saving the environment then that's good; convenient.
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would I care what the "Greenhouse Gas" rating is? Can't be much compared to the sun's effect on the atmosphere... AGAIN theories presented as facts by our government in order to produce desired behavior and further their liberal and social agendas. Fools don't include the coal burning power plant's effects. Proof of above. I'll have to burn a few tanks of race gas to offset this crap!
        chickenflauta
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Toneron
        Polluting the earth because you disagree with the scientific community's consensus, drawn from billions of dollars in global research? Really, does that make any sense?
      chickenflauta
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone from governments to businesses seems to have embraced the QR code... except for consumers who by and large still haven't the faintest idea what they are (at least in American markets) Why are we still using this dinosaur bar code the Japanese made back in the '90s? I would have expected some cool, newer technology to have replaced it.
      stecki3d
      • 3 Years Ago
      thing i hate about the gas labels on the current ones is they still say gas is in the low $3 range (can't remember the exact amount). It's been over $4.10+ in SoCal a while. I wish they could somehow account for where the cars are shipped and reflect that areas gas prices when they print them up.
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