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Learn About the Label

A New Generation of Labels for a New Generation of Vehicles

In 2012, EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled the most dramatic overhaul to vehicle fuel economy labels since they were introduced more than 35 years ago.

Car buyers now have more information than ever before-- including fuel economy, fuel costs, and environmental impacts such as smog and greenhouse gas ratings-- for all new vehicles, including advanced technologies such as electric cars and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

So you can now make comparisons – car by car – to save on fuel costs and reduce your emissions!

Learn About the Label

The redesigned label includes:

  • How much you'll save or spend on fuel over the next five years, compared to the average new vehicle.
  • Ratings on a vehicle's smog and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Driving range and charging time for electric vehicles
  • QR Code® to access additional information online on your smartphone

Why should I rely on the label?

Why are there different ratings
for smog & GHG emissions?

About the Labels

Gasoline Vehicle Label
Gas FE Label

Electric Vehicle Label
Electric FE Label

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Label

See All Labels (PDF) (11 pp, 1.4MB, May 2011, About PDF)

Looking to Sell a Used Car? We Have a Label for That, Too . . .

The benefits of a vehicle fuel economy and environment label now extend to the used car market, too. If you are selling a car or truck, you can print or download a used vehicle label on fueleconomy.gov, making it easy for you to provide fuel economy and CO2 information for your vehicle. The web-tool allows you to easily search by model year, make, model, engine, and transmission options to find the appropriate vehicle.

The used vehicle label displays

  • the fuel economy and CO2 grams per mile;
  • a stock photo of the vehicle; and
  • a QR code that shoppers can scan with a smartphone to personalize the fuel economy information with their annual mileage, percent of driving in the city, and current fuel prices.

The electronic label graphic can be downloaded and included in online advertisements on the web, while the paper label can be printed and affixed to the vehicle window. As a vehicle’s fuel economy changes very little over a typical 15-year life with proper maintenance, the original EPA fuel economy estimate remains the best indicator of a used vehicle’s average gas mileage.

Evolution of the Label

The EPA Fuel Economy Label Through the years… 
1974 (image of original fuel economy label alongside 1970s car and a guy wearing bell bottoms.) 
1978 (image of 1978 fuel economy label) 
1986 (image of 1986 fuel economy label, a car from the mid 1980s, a large cellphone and a woman with big hair.) 
1995 (image of 1995 fuel economy label alongside a car from the mid-1990s and a web browser page from that era.) 
2008 (image of 2008 fuel economy label along with a flip phone and a car from 2008.) 
2013 (image of 2013 fuel economy label along with a modern car and smart phone.) 
The times have changed—and so has EPA's Fuel Economy Label! 
Over the years, we've updated our vehicle testing process so MPG ratings better reflect real-world driving. And our newest label includes ratings for greenhouse gas and smog emissions!

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