In the EPA Office of Air, my staff and I spend a lot of time working toward practical solutions that improve the quality of the air we breathe and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. This includes providing you with the information you need to make decisions that help with this effort — decisions like what kind of car to buy.
That’s why we, along with the Department of Transportation, are asking you what information you need to make better informed economic and environmental decisions when buying a new car. We’ve proposed changes to the fuel economy labels you see on the window of every new vehicle in dealer showrooms.
New technologies, such as battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, are becoming more widely available in the American market. The new labels are designed to provide car buyers with simple, straightforward energy and environmental information for all types of vehicles, including conventional gas-powered vehicles.
For more information, and to find out how you can view the proposed changes and offer your feedback, see the news release.
About the author: Gina McCarthy is Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and has been a leading advocate for comprehensive strategies to confront climate change and strengthen our green economy.