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Monday, August 30, 2010

EPA and NHTSA revise fuel economy labels in time for Leaf and Volt sales

Just ahead of US sales commencing for the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle and the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle the EPA and NHTSA have issued revised Fuel Economy labeling to replace the confusion caused by their previous efforts.

The labels cover Electric vehicles, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles and Flexible Fuel Vehicles.

For electric vehicles, the new labels will estimate the expected savings in cost over five years as compared to a regular vehicle. It will also give statistics such as range, estimated charge time, kWh used per 100 miles, and a MPGe estimate on both the highway and the city…as well as expected cost to operate.

For extended range vehicles, it will still give the range on electric power, the MPG equivalent, charge time and cost per year; but as well give your classic MPG in extended range. Then it blends the whole thing into a MPGe equivalent as well.



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