How To Compare A Gas Powered Vehicle To A Electric Vehicle (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

June 10, 2013 Updated Jun 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM EDT

UNITED STATES (www.nbc33.com) -- Gas prices, traffic, money woes and pollution have many drivers reevaluating their vehicle choice.

As the types of cars that consumers have to choose from become more varied, new fuel economy and environment labels are including real world numbers to translate the definition of "miles per gallon".

For decades, the EPA has tested vehicles for fuel efficiency and put miles per gallon numbers on new car windows. Now, in addition to MPG, cars are given a greenhouse gas rating, a smog rating and the cost to run the car for a year with gas at $3.70/gallon.

The new labels also translate electricity costs into MPG-E or Mile Per Gallon Equivalent so consumers can compare it to a gasoline powered car.

Consumers can also compare numbers by logging on to fueleconomy.gov

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