PALO ALTO (KCBS) – The federal government is unveiling new fuel economy stickers that will adorn all new cars starting next year.

For the last 30 years, the same stickers have been slapped on cars, telling you how many miles per gallon you’ll get.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Now, Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld said those labels are finally getting a 21st century overhaul.

“We believe that it will help consumers make smarter decisions about one of the largest purchases they’re going to make,” Blumenfeld said.

The new label shows the MPG rating along with a greenhouse gas rating from 1-10 and a smog rating, also from 1-10.

It also spells out how much you’ll spend on fuel or how much you’ll save if it’s a hybrid or electric car.

“As gas prices continue to increase, we need to show the American consumers how they can save money,” said Blumenfeld. “This label does that.”

The Tesla Roadster Blumenfeld used to demonstrate the new label gets the equivalent of 119 miles per gallon. For the first time, these new labels will let consumers compare the fuel efficiency of plug-in vehicles and those that run on gas.

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