EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide For Businesses

Is your business or municipality looking to purchase new vehicles in the coming year? The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a free Green Vehicle Guide to give businesses, government agencies, and individuals details regarding the environmental performance of vehicles. Users can compare up to three vehicles and customized searches can be performed based on numerous criteria across different vehicle classes.

The EPA provides both  fuel economy numbers and a 1-10 scale rating. The larger the number, the more environmentally friendly the selected vehicle is. In addition to complex searches, the Guide also provides a simple “Smart Way” designation which indicates vehicles with the best overall environmental performance. In addition, you can search for specific criteria such as fuel economy, cylinders, and engine size. This is particularly helpful for those businesses or local governments that need a specific kind of vehicle for extreme weather conditions or transporting equipment and materials.

If you’re researching vehicles to be purchased by a government agency, the Guide also provides a special, Federal Acquisition search designation. This allows government agencies and offices to search for cars or trucks meeting or exceeding the requirements of Section 141 of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. This Act mandates all federal agencies to acquire vehicles that meet specific emissions and environmental standards.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Reducing waste is more than just trash and recyclables! If you’re looking to save money and be more environmentally friendly, take a look at the vehicles your business maintains and how much money you spend each year on gas, insurance, and upkeep. When it comes time to replace or upgrade, the EPA Green Guide can help you make a smart choice!