EPA Sticker Shock

The estimate for how many miles per gallon a vehicle would get in city driving would drop 10 percent to 20 percent from today's labels with the new test.

Published: 13-Jan-2006

WASHINGTON -- Car shoppers would get a more accurate portrayal of how far a vehicle might go on a gallon of gas _ in some cases as much as 20 percent less than earlier estimates _ under a new test unveiled this week by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The updated window stickers beginning on 2008 model year cars _ which will go on sale in fall 2007 _ wouldn't alter the federal fuel standards that auto companies must comply with and, environmentalists pointed out, would not directly affect overall energy usage and emissions.

The government proposal was initiated in 2002 by Bluewater Network of San Francisco, which informed government regulators that fuel economy values weren't reflective of what U.S. drivers were actually getting.

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