The Federal Trade Commission (FTC ) has issued a proposed rule that would consolidate FTC alternative-fuel labeling requirements with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel-economy labels. According to FTC , the plan would eliminate the need for two different labels and would reduce the burden of complying with FTC ’s Alternative Fuels Rule. The EPA labels would apply to both conventional vehicles and alternative-fuel vehicles, including those subject to the FTC ’s labeling requirements. The proposed rule also outlines labeling requirements for non-liquid alternative fuels such as electricity, compressed natural gas and hydrogen.
Alternative fuels include liquid and non-liquid fuels, such as ethanol and other alcohols, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen, coal-derived liquid fuels, fuels derived from biological materials, and electricity. FTC requests comments by August 17, 2012. See Federal Register, June 13, 2012.