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newsrel -- New-car label makes it easier to choose clean, efficient transportation

Posted: 19 Jun 2008 12:26:06
New label required on all 2009 vehicles. 

Release 08-55
June 19, 2008
Dimitri Stanich

New-car label makes it easier to choose clean, efficient

Smog and global warming impacts posted for all to compare

SACRAMENTO: Beginning January 1, 2009 all new cars sold in
California will carry a label which clearly informs consumers of
the state's assessment of the vehicle's environmental impact.

The new regulation signed into law this week by the Secretary of
State, creates a simple ranking system that will provide
consumers with practical information that can be used to choose
the most environmentally friendly vehicle that meets their
transportation needs. Showroom models could start showing these
labels as early as July 2008.

"This label will arm consumers with the information they need to
choose a vehicle that saves gas, reduces greenhouse gas emissions
and helps fight smog all at once," said Mary Nichols. "Consumer
choice is an especially powerful tool in our fight against
climate change. We look forward to seeing these stickers on 2009
model cars as they start hitting the showrooms in the coming

The environmental performance label will provide two scores on a
scale of 1-10, a Smog Score and a Global Warming Score. The
average new car will score five on both scales. The higher the
score the less impact the car has on the environment. The
California Air Resources Board also hosts a consumer web site,
www.DriveClean.ca.gov, that provides information on the
cleanest, most efficient cars on the market.

To view an image of the label go to the online version of the
press release at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr061908b.htm .

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.


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