Labeling rules should reflect fuel types, executive says

10/28/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

An executive with American Honda Motor suggested that the federal government consider replacing "miles per gallon" with a metric that shows miles per purchased unit of energy. His idea came during a public hearing on proposed fuel-labeling rules. "In the case of electricity, it would be miles per kilowatt hour. With ethanol, it would be miles per gallon of E85. ... It would be intellectually inconsistent to turn all metrics into MPG equivalents [or MPGe] when no one will purchase electric, diesel or E85 in MPGe units," according to Robert Bienenfeld.

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