Clean Cities offers a robust collection of tools and publicationsdesigned to inform decision makers and help stakeholders and consumers choose alternative fuels and vehicles. One of the most popular publications is the annual Fuel Economy Guide developed by FuelEconomy.gov, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The guide is a valuable resource to not only Clean Cities stakeholders and coalition staff, but anyone looking to purchase a vehicle.
The Model Year 2014 Fuel Economy Guide is now available, just as the new batch of vehicles is entering dealer showrooms. The guide contains more than a thousand model year 2014 vehicles, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, all-electric vehicles, and vehicles that use alternative fuels such as ethanol and natural gas. It highlights the most fuel-efficient models in each vehicle class and provides fuel-saving tips to help drivers get the most for their money. The guide is available in new car dealer showrooms, libraries, credit unions, and at FuelEconomy.gov. You can even access a PDF of the guide or order a print copy using an online order form.
The guide is a fantastic in-hand resource for shoppers when they’re at the dealership. Prospective vehicle buyers should also visit FuelEconomy.gov, where comprehensive model-specific information is frequently updated. The website now has fuel economy data spanning 31 years, allowing shoppers to find EPA fuel economy estimates, annual petroleum use, annual fuel cost, and EPA smog and greenhouse gas scores for almost all light-duty models sold in the United States since 1984. This gives consumers the opportunity to compare more than three decades’ worth of new and used vehicles.
In addition to fuel economy ratings and fuel-saving tips, visitors to FuelEconomy.gov will also find an assortment of useful tools, including a trip calculator that estimates and compares the cost of driving up to three vehicles on a user-specified trip. A consumer favorite, “My MPG” allows users to track and share the fuel economy of their vehicles and see the fuel economy reported by other owners of the same vehicle.
Thinking about purchasing a hybrid electric vehicle? A hybrid comparison tool calculates the payback period for any extra up-front cost of purchasing a hybrid. For plug-in hybrids, a handy calculator helps estimate fuel and electricity costs based on the user’s selected vehicle, driving habits, and fuel costs. There’s also a new animation describing “How Plug-in Hybrids Save Money.”