Release 08-55
June 19, 2008

    Dimitri Stanich
New car label makes it easier to choose clean, efficient transportation
Smog and global warming impacts posted for all to compare

SACRAMENTO: Beginning January 1, 2009 all new cars sold in California will carry a label which clearly informs consumers of the state's assessment of the vehicle's environmental impact.

The new regulation signed into law this week by the Secretary of State, creates a simple ranking system that will provide consumers with practical information that can be used to choose the most environmentally friendly vehicle that meets their transportation needs. Showroom models could start showing these labels as early as July 2008.

"This label will arm consumers with the information they need to choose a vehicle that saves gas, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps fight smog all at once," said Mary Nichols. "Consumer choice is an especially powerful tool in our fight against climate change. We look forward to seeing these stickers on 2009 model cars as they start hitting the showrooms in the coming months."

The environmental performance label will provide two scores on a scale of 1-10, a Smog Score and a Global Warming Score. The average new car will score five on both scales. The higher the score the less impact the car has on the environment. The California Air Resources Board also hosts a consumer web site,, that provides information on the cleanest, most efficient cars on the market.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.