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Required EPA fuel economy guides are available on the Internet

November 23, 2010

An electronic version of the Fuel Economy Guide is available at, the fuel economy Web site of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

The EPA requires that the Fuel Economy Guide, which is updated and distributed to auto dealers each autumn for the new model year, is "prominently displayed at each location where new automobiles are offered for sale." Customers must be given paper copies.

However, officials of the EPA said they think many customers would prefer to obtain the guide on-line. To that end, they encourage dealerships to  
• Allow customers to use a dealership computer to access the guide at or • Prominently display the fuel economy Web site on a poster or a stack of cards in the showroom, so that customers can download the guide at home or a public library.

A flyer noting that Web address is available as a portable document format (pdf) on the Web at www. f u e l e c o n o m y. g o v / f e g /dealers.shtml/ Paper copies of the guide are mailed to all dealers each fall. Officials of the EPA believe greater use of the Internet would reduce large printing costs.

Also, the Internet version of the guide is updated periodically with fuel economy information for vehicles that were not available when the paper guide was printed.