Clean Cities 2013 Vehicle Buyers Guide Evaluates Alt Fuel Vehicles

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The US Depart­ment of Ener­gy just released its 2013 Vehi­cle Buyer’s Guide, which explores the wide range of alter­na­tive fuel vehi­cles now avail­able in the US and the fuel­ing infra­struc­ture being imple­ment­ed to keep these vehi­cles on the road. The guide pro­vides mod­el-spe­cif­ic infor­ma­tion on vehi­cle specs, man­u­fac­tur­er sug­gest­ed retail price (MSRP), fuel econ­o­my, ener­gy impact, and emis­sions. Vehi­cle and fuel cat­e­gories explored in the report include com­pressed nat­ur­al gas, propane, all-elec­tric, plug-in hybrid elec­tric, hybrid elec­tric, ethanol flex-fuel, and biodiesel.

The Clean Cities 2013 Vehi­cle Buyer’s Guide explores four eval­u­a­tion fac­tors for each vehi­cle:
Fuel Econ­o­my: City and high­way fuel econ­o­my esti­mates from the U.S.Envi¬ronmental Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA).The esti­mates are based on lab­o­ra­to­ry tests con­duct­ed by man­u­fac­tur­ers in accor­dance with fed­er­al reg­u­la­tions.
Ener­gy Impact Scores: These scores allow buy­ers to com­pare vehi­cles’ annu­al esti­mat­ed petro¬leum con­sump­tion. The scores are based on 45% high­way dri­ving, 55% city dri­ving, and 15,000 annu­al miles.
Smog Scores: These scores are deter­mined by the EPA, and reflect vehi­cle tailpipe emis­sions that con­tribute to local and region­al air qual­i­ty prob­lems and relat­ed health issues.
Green­house Gas Emis­sions Scores: GHG scores reflect tailpipe emis­sions of car­bon diox­ide and oth­er GHGs, which con­tribute to cli­mate change.

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