New Fuel Efficiency Labeling Announced

May 31, 2011





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The automobile industry continues to be the subject of enhanced information when it comes to energy efficiency. The EPA and the Department of Transportation  recently released new labeling requirements aimed at helping consumers understand the fuel efficiency of new vehicles. Meanwhile, new legislation has been introduced aimed at promoting the deployment of electric vehicles. 

Fuel Efficiency Labeling

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released new labeling requirements aimed at helping consumers understand the fuel efficiency of new vehicles.  

The revision marks the first major change to the gas-mileage labels for new vehicles in 30 years. The new labels will inform consumers how much they will pay for gas over the next five years if they purchase a particular vehicle versus the industry average. 

According to the DOT, the average new vehicle gets 22 miles per gallon at a cost of $10,250 over five years.The revised label information will begin appearing on 2013 model year vehicles. The revision was supported by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a national vehicle trade association.

Electric Vehicles

New legislation recently was introduced in the U.S. Senate aimed at promoting the deployment of electric vehicles. ThePromoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2011 (S. 948), introduced by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), would establish a grant program to promote the deployment of 400,000 plug-in electric vehicles in trial communities across the country.  Funds would be allocated to support infrastructure improvements, such as publicly-available charging stations, and research into the vehicles’ impact on the local electricity grid.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) reintroduced the Charging America Forward Act (S. 298), which includes provisions that would convert the current electric vehicle tax credit (Section 30D) into a point-of-sale rebate.


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