The Number 1 Resource for Vocational Truck Fleets

Fuel Management

EPA Fuel Economy Labels Now More Accurate

November 14, 2016

Chart courtesy of CR.
Chart courtesy of CR.

Fuel economy labels attached to new vehicles now more accurately reflect real-world fuel consumption, refuting a decade-old study that claimed the labels mislead buyers, according to a new analysis from Consumer Reports.

The findings update a 2005 analysis that found that fuel economy ratings printed on the EPA label differed significantly from fuel economy tests conducted by CR at the time. The EPA was off by an average of 3.3 mpg, or 10.3%, in the earlier analysis because the agency continued to use outdated testing procedures, CR had claimed.

EPA updated its testing procedures in 2008 to include faster driving speeds, faster acceleration, air conditioning use, and colder temperatures.

Corporate average fuel economy has steadily climbed in recent years, reaching 29.4 mpg for the 2015 model year, the EPA announced on Nov. 4.

Read the full CR report here.

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

FleetFAQ

Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Fuel Saving Strategies Survey

View our 2008 survey to benchmark your fleet's fuel and green strategies with other fleets.
 

Fuel Calculator

A managed fuel program can help you save time and money and gain control over the way you fuel your vehicles. Determine your potential savings by using our fuel calculator.
Launch Fuel Calculator 

Fuel Prices

U.S. Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Prices.

Launch Fuel Prices 
Sponsored by

The Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist (CAFS) certification is offered by the National Automotive Fleet Management Association (NAFA). 

Read more