Green Vehicle Guide
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPAs) Green Vehicle Guide is designed to give consumers information about the environmental performance of vehicles. The annually updated guide covers the latest vehicle models on the market. The Green Vehicle Guide provides consumers with fuel economy and emission (air pollution and greenhouse gas) information for all models and configurations of cars and light trucks sold in the United States. Consumers can use the Green Vehicle Guide to find the cleanest, most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets their needs. Each vehicle is given an environmental score on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the best, based on emission levels and fuel economy values. The best environmental performers receive the SmartWay designation, which means the vehicle scores well on both Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas. Each year a vehicles scores and SmartWay status reflect its environmental performance relative to other vehicles for model years with the same scoring thresholds only. Users can compare individual vehicles or vehicle types in terms of fuel effciency and emissions. The Green Vehicle Guide website allows side-by-side comparisons for up to three vehicles and searches that can be customized based on user choices. For example, because some versions of vehicles are only available in certain states, the Green Vehicle Guide allows consumers to search by state. Recently, additional content was added such that clean diesel vehicles can be found in the listing for California and other states that have adopted Californias stringent emissions standards. As of 2013, the Green Vehicle Guide is active, but directs visitors to the fueleconomy.gov website for information on new cars.
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