Remember our post on nutrition labels for the environment? Well, it seems that California has taken the first step in this direction by labeling their cars. All new 2009 models will be required to bare the Environmental Performance sticker with ratings based on smog emissions. The ratings will run from 1 to 10, 10 being the cleanest and most environmentally friendly score.
The global warming score is based on carbon emissions per mile where a 1 equals 520 grams of CO2 per mile while a score of 10 equals less than 200 grams of CO2 per mile.
This is definitely a step in the right direction to increasing consumer awareness of their buying choices and will truly help to push the demand for energy efficient and eco-friendly vehicles. For those of us who don’t live in California, you can still find out the smog rating on your vehicle by visiting www.driveclean.ca.gov . My 2007 non-hybrid Civic LX gets a rating of a 5 which is exactly average. Could be better but perhaps this will help start a push for more competitive pricing on hybrids and electric cars.
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