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How to Read the New Fuel Economy and Environment Labels


Author's Note

One of the great things about writing for the automotive section of HowStuffWorks.com is that I get a chance to learn about all the alternative fuel technologies that are being developed to increase the fuel economy and decrease the environmental impact of new cars. So it's exciting to see that the EPA has found a way to communicate information about the benefits of these new technologies to consumers directly on the fuel economy stickers of new cars. I'm also pretty excited to hear that the new EPA labels will give me yet another use for that smartphone I got on my last birthday and that those two-dimensional barcodes aren't just fuzzy-looking postage stamps.

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Sources

  • Brown, Ajan. "New EPA Fuel Economy Labels Starting to Hit Dealerships." U.S. News Rankings & Reviews. (June 11, 2012) http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/best-cars-blog/2012/03/New_EPA_Fuel_Economy_Labels_Starting_to_Hit_Dealerships/
  • Doggett, Scott. "The EPA Unveils New Fuel Economy Labels." Edmunds.com. (June 11, 2012) http://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/the-epa-unveils-new-fuel-economy-labels.html
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency. "A New Generation of Labels for a New Generation of Vehicles." (June 11, 2012) http://www.epa.gov/carlabel/index.htm
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency. "Fuel Economy." (June 11, 2012) http://www.epa.gov/fueleconomy/
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency. "Gasoline Vehicle - Learn More About the New Label." (June 11, 2012) http://www.epa.gov/carlabel/gaslabelreadmore.htm#3

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