Vehicle Fuel Economy Labels

It’s a legal requirement to display the label on all light vehicles under 3.5 tonnes being sold, except for electric vehicles and motorbikes, provided the information is available.

EECA administers the Vehicle Fuel Economy Label programme and compliance with the Regulations in New Zealand.

What's on the label?

  • Vehicle make and model.
  • Star rating — up to 6 stars for the most fuel efficient vehicles.
  • Estimated yearly running costs — based on stated average fuel price and driving 14,000 km. Includes road user charges for diesels.
  • Fuel economy in litres per 100 km — provided by the manufacturer.
  • Reference number — confirms the label relates to the vehicle.
  • Average fuel price — used to calculate the cost per year for comparison only.

How does the label help?

  • Consumers can choose the most fuel efficient car that meets their needs, and factor in running costs as well as purchase price.

    Buying a car

  • Importers and manufacturers can use this information to promote the fuel efficiency and running costs of their vehicles.

  • Motor vehicle traders can use the label to help customers choose more fuel efficient vehicles with lower running costs.

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  • Labelling for electric vehicles

    You can use the label to compare efficiency and running costs of plug-in EVs with other types of car. The EV label shows fuel economy in kilowatt hours per 100km and includes a range showing how far the car can be expected to go on a full charge. Displaying vehicle fuel economy labels for plug-in EVs is voluntary.

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