Time to kick the tires on the FTC’s Alternative Fuels Rule

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We’re still waiting for George Jetson’s promised jetpacks, but car buyers have started to see transportation options not available just a few years ago.  That’s one reason the FTC has begun a review the Alternative Fuels Rule and seeks your input about the rule’s costs, benefits, and regulatory and economic impact.

The FTC published the rule to help buyers make informed decisions when considering vehicles that run on electricity, compressed natural gas, hydrogen, and other fuels.   Last year, the FTC announced it would accelerate its periodic look at the rule to make sure FTC-required vehicle labels are consistent with EPA fuel economy labeling requirements. In addition to asking general questions about the rule, the FTC seeks comments on whether to:

  • consolidate its labels for alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs) with fuel economy labels required by EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
  • add new definitions for AFVs contained in recent legislation, and
  • change labeling requirements for used AFVs.

While reviewing the rule, the FTC has issued a policy statement saying that it won’t enforce FTC labeling requirements for electric vehicles as long as manufacturers follow EPA labeling requirements.  In addition, it has postponed its ongoing look at the Fuel Economy Guide until the rule review is finished and EPA has published updated fuel economy labeling requirements.

Interesting in contributing to the discussion?  File online by July 25, 2011.  Consumers, consumer groups, members of the industry — and Spacely Sprockets — are welcome to comment.

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