New fuel economy labels unveiled for cars and trucks

Don’t be surprised if you see a different looking fuel economy sticker on your next new car.  The government announced the most dramatic changes in the 30 year old program.

The label will give you a better understanding of fuel efficiency, and it will be an interactive experience. The labels will have a QR code on them which stands for quick response technology.  You scan the code with your smartphone, and you’re able to immediately get rich data that will give you more insight into the product or business that contains the QR code.

In this case, the QR code will allow consumers to enter details on their commute and driving behavior so you can get the most accurate fuel economy data on the car you’re thinking about buying.

The new labels will give you a baseline estimate for fuel costs, but of course those vary based on the fluctuating price of gas and your driving habits. The label will also show you estimated savings and more information on the vehicle’s environmental impact.

“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. The new labels provide comprehensive information to American car buyers, helping them make a choice that will save money at the gas pump and prevent pollution in the air we breathe,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said.

Consumers may begin to see the new labels on 2012 model year cars if the manufacturer voluntarily decides to implement the changes sooner. It won’t be a requirement until 2013 model year cars.