Vehicle fuel economy labels

Fuel economy labels tell buyers how much it costs to run a vehicle. If you’re a registered motor vehicle trader, you are required to print labels to display on vehicles for sale and provide fuel economy information on websites offering vehicles for sale.

What’s on the label

  • Vehicle make and model
  • Star rating - up to 6 stars for the most efficient vehicle
  • Running costs per year - based on stated average fuel price and driving 14,000 km. For diesel vehicles this cost also includes Road User Charges
  • Fuel economy in litres per 100 km - based on performance of a new model
  • Reference number - confirms the label refers to the vehicle it’s displayed on

Which vehicles have labels

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

If you’re selling a vehicle online (whether you’re a private seller or a trader), it’s your responsibility to make sure the fuel economy (litres per 100 km), running cost per year and star rating is provided - in text format if you don’t have the vehicle fuel economy label

If you’re a new vehicle distributor, you can use a voluntary fuel economy badge  for new cars being advertised in print, online and on television. The fuel economy badge displays the fuel economy (litres per 100 km) and star rating information. It’s not a replacement of the fuel economy information that you legally need to display on trading websites and vehicles under the Energy Efficiency (Vehicle Fuel Economy Labelling) Regulation 2007.

Print a label

Simply enter a vehicle’s details into our label generator to generate fuel economy information and a label. You can use the generator to print labels for multiple cars.

Fuel economy label generator

Displaying a label

Put the label on the vehicle you’re selling somewhere it can be read easily from a reasonable distance. Attach the label in the same way that you display a vehicle’s Consumer Information Notice (CIN). You can put the label in a vehicle’s window, on its dashboard or on an information stand next to the vehicle.

 Further information for buyers and sellers.

ENERGYWISE information on vehicle fuel economy labels

Vehicle fuel economy labels - ENERGYWISE website
Fuel economy tool - ENERGYWISE website

If you have any questions about fuel economy labels contact EECA on 0800 749 782 or email: fuel.economy@eeca.govt.nz