The federal government is considering adding letter grades to the window stickers of new cars. The Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency are considering this and other proposals to make things easier for consumers to determine the fuel efficiency of vehicles. This just goes to show that some folks have way too much time on their hands. In a recent article it states this:
“From electric to plug-in hybrid vehicles, we think a new label is absolutely necessary to help consumers make the right decision for their wallet and for the environment,” said Gina McCarthy, the EPA’s top air pollution official. The changes are required under a 2007 energy law.
Under the letter grade proposal, an average vehicle on fuel efficiency and emissions would receive a B-. Electric vehicles would receive an A+, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles would earn an A and three gas-electric hybrids — the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius — would get an A-.
The best-selling passenger car in America, the Toyota Camry, would receive a B or a B-, depending on the vehicle’s engine. Hybrid versions of the Camry would earn a B+. The top-selling pickup truck, the Ford F-150, would receive a C+ or a C, based on the engine variant.
Luxury models such as the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorana and the Mercedes-Benz Maybach 57 would get a D+ and the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti would receive the lowest grade of D under the plan.
What, no grade of F? I would have thought that the new 500 + hp Cadillac would get an F. LOL.
Seriously. Do we really need this? I personally believe we do not.