The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are updating the fuel efficiency labels that go on new cars. There are two proposed designs.
The first design has these skyscraper proportions and rates cars with a clear, color-coded letter grade. Here's what the label for an all-electric vehicle, which gets an A+, would look like:
Either of these two designs would do a great job of making the issue of fuel efficiency more salient for car shoppers, and putting it in dollar terms. This is just a smart way to help consumers make more informed decisions.
Maybe the EPA should also slap a sticker with gobal oil supply forecasts on new cars while they're at it.
You can see all the proposed labels, with explanations, and comment on the designs over at the EPA.