U.S. Government Releases New Fuel Economy Tool for Used Vehicles

When they visit FuelEconomy.gov, consumers will now have the ability to create fuel efficiency labels both in electronic and paper formats for vehicles sold in the United States since 1984. The tool was released for use in an ongoing effort by the Obama Administration to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon pollution. The new tool was created by the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the latest effort to address climate change issues.

When visiting FuelEconomy.gov, an electronic version of a label reflecting a vehicle’s fuel economy estimates can be created to be downloaded and included in Web advertising. In addition, a paper version of the label can be created to print and affix to a vehicle window.

With proper maintenance, a vehicles EPA fuel economy does not change much; therefore the original EPA estimates are still the most valuable indicator of average gas mileage.

Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Danielson, says, “Fuel efficient vehicles cut carbon pollution, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and help American families and businesses save money. The new fuel economy label gives consumers an easy, quick way to get the information they need to find the used vehicle that’s right for them.”

The fuel economy standards currently in place are the toughest in U.S. history, designed to save auto owners $1.7 trillion in fuel costs, or the equivalent of over $8,000.00 in costs over the lifetime of a vehicle. Estimates are that six billion metric tons of carbon pollution will be eliminated under the standards.

New vehicles all come with comprehensive fuel economy/environmental impact stickers affixed to their windows from the U.S. EPA. With the new tool on FuelEconomy.gov, auto sellers can provide potential buyers the same information for used vehicles being sold. In 2012, the number of used cars sold outnumbered new cars by three times the total.

Information also found on the website includes annual fuel costs and petroleum use estimates, and individual fuel economy can vary depending on several different factors. The tool represents the latest in a number of unprecedented steps taken by the current administration to improve the overall efficiency of all vehicles sold and used in the U.S.

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