25 May '11, 7pm

New vehicle labels take three steps forward, one step back

New vehicle labels take three steps forward, one step back

This post was written by Therese Langer, transportation program director at ACEEE and a contributing author at the ACEEE blog . The new vehicle fuel economy label announced today by the EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) beats the current label , providing better information on fuel costs and adding emissions of both greenhouse gases and traditional air pollutants. The new label takes on the confusing matter of the divergence of fuel economy and greenhouse-gas performance when fuels other than gasoline enter the mix, showing for example how a diesel vehicle does better on miles-per-gallon than on CO2 emissions, while the reverse is true of natural gas vehicles. The label falls short on other counts, however. The "Fuel Economy & Greenhouse Gas Rating" is unaccountably weaker than the EPA's existing rating scheme [PDF], giving a 38 mile-per-gallon vehicle a perfe...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/green-cars/2011-05-25-new-vehicle-la...

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