6:15 am August 31, 2010, by Henry Unger
Restaurants get letter grades. Will it work for cars?
The government has proposed labeling each new passenger vehicle with a letter grade from A to D based on its fuel efficiency and emissions, the Wall Street Journal reports.
It’s part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to promote electric cars and other advanced-technology vehicles.
The proposed new rules, released jointly Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department, would be the most substantial change in 30 years to the price-and-mileage labels affixed to the windows of new cars, the WSJ writes.
Currently, the labels must show how many miles per gallon a car gets and its estimated annual fuel cost. Under the proposed changes, a new label design would carry a large letter grade assigned by regulators.
Under the system, the only cars that would receive an A-plus, A or A-minus would be electrics and plug-in hybrids, the government said.
Many compact and midsize vehicles would get Bs, while bigger and more powerful models such as sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks would get Cs or C-minuses because they burn more gas and pump out more carbon dioxide, the WSJ reports.
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