Video: New combined DOT and EPA car stickers are all about a new car’s fuel economy

Fuel_economylabel The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency want you to know exactly how much fuel your new car burns with every mile.

Starting in 2013 all new cars sold in America will come with a detailed sticker that spells out not only how much money you’ll spend and save annually on gasoline when you buy the new car, but perhaps more importantly, they’ll also rate each car on a 1 to 10 point fuel efficiency scale.

“Today’s car buyers want the best possible information about which cars on the lot offer the greatest fuel economy and the best environmental performance,” said Lisa Jackson, EPA administrator.

Think of the efficiency labels that come on refrigerators and air-conditioners to get an idea of what the new stickers look like.

The EPA and the DOT call the new stickers, “the most dramatic overhaul to fuel economy labels since the program began more than 30 years ago.”

The new stickers were developed as part of a Obama administration rule change that mandates a 42 percent jump in average efficiency to 35.5 miles per gallon for 2012-2016 vehicles.

Take a look at the video below for a complete explanation of the fuel efficiency stickers you’ll soon be seeing on all new cars.

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