EPA Proposes Letter Grades for Cars, Light Trucks, Based on Fuel Economy Rating

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By Steven D. Cook

September 10, 2010

Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign, said the upstream emissions data should be provided on the fuel economy label. Most consumers would not know to go to the website, he said.“Consumers shopping for a clean car need to be able to compare a Prius with an EV,” Becker said. “Not knowing how much coal-burning power plants emit to recharge the EV obscures the choice.”

If it is produced from coal, the electricity used to power electric vehicles can produce more emissions than a hybrid vehicle using petroleum-based fuel, Becker said….

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