NHTSA Wants Bigger, Plain Language Badges for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a new rule that would force manufacturers to place bigger, plain language badges on their vehicles that run on alternative fuels.
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According to the NHTSA, the new rule will ask automakers to “identify each vehicle capable of running on an alternative fuel by means of a permanent and prominent display affixed to the exterior of the vehicle”.

If the proposed law comes into effect, automakers such as BMW or Audi would need to add plain language badges to their diesel 328d and A6 TDI models. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel would do just fine with its current badging.

Additionally, the rule also states that manufacturers need to “add proposed text describing the capabilities and benefits of using alternative fuels to the owners' manuals provided for alternative fuel vehicles” and “identify each vehicle that is capable of running on an alternative fuel by means of a label in the fuel filler compartment.”

You can read more about NHTSA’s newly-proposed law by following this link.
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