Why is the EPA being pressured to drop the idea of letter grades for MPG?



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    There are a few reasons why the EPA is receiving criticism for their idea of having sticker labels in car windows with letter grades indicating a vehicle’s fuel efficiency.  Members of the House are arguing that not only are the stickers confusing, but also that it is unfair that only electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are eligible for letter grades A and A+. 

    An independent research firm conducted a survey interviewing 456 prospective car buyers, and concluded: “The recommendations are simple: Scrap the vertical label, lose the letter grade and emphasize the mpg and cost of owning the vehicle. If the EPA takes these steps, it may be successful in increasing the number of fuel-efficient vehicles on the road and communicating clearly with consumers.”

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