To help drivers easily identify the most efficient environmentally friendly cars available, a new car environmental label is now in use at all new car dealerships. This will enable showroom visitors to instantly see which new cars have the lowest emissions, running costs and longest electric range, making it easier to compare and find the new car most suitable for them.

The new car environmental label has been redesigned by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (working with the Department for Transport and Vehicle Certification Agency).

Keeping Consumers Informed

LowCVP have produced a simple consumer guide to make showroom visitors (and staff) aware of the redesigned car label and how the new information helps motorists choose the lowest carbon car for their journey. This will be freely distributed electronically to all NFDA dealers, to make available for visitors. This guide is also freely available for media use.

Please download the online version of the guide here, to request a ready-to-print version of the guide, please email

Compare monthly running costs

A new ‘running costs’ section allows motorists to instantly see how their monthly costs can vary between vehicles, emphasising the big savings possible from electric and the most fuel-efficient cars.

Which has the lowest emissions?

There’s more detail on a car’s tailpipe emissions, including being able to drive in Clean Air Zones (which all new cars can) and if the car qualifies as a ‘ULEV’ (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle). The level of CO2 emissions is very clearly shown too, making it obvious which cars produce the least greenhouse gas.

The best electric range

For plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars, the electric range has been detailed, helping motorist understand just how capable today’s electric cars are – and their suitability for almost every journey.

All the information on these labels uses the latest more reliable and robust WLTP figures, which should be specific to the car on display.

The new car environmental label is found next to every new car on display in car showrooms or at events. There are three versions – one for petrol and diesel cars, one for plug-in hybrids (shown above) and a third for pure electric.