Starting next October 12, the new European regulations on labeling for fuels and vehicles will come into force. The objective is to unify the labels used in the vehicles and at the gas stations to identify the fuel. In this way, the information that is currently being provided to consumers will be harmonized throughout Europe. Since then, the manuals for owners of the new vehicles, the car cap for the fuel tank, the authorized dealers, as well as the fuel pumps will be standardized for all the EU countries. Likewise, each country may include additional information at refueling points in national languages, which will help consumers to verify the correct selection of the appropriate fuel for their vehicle.
In this way, new cars commercialised for the first time or registered as of October 12 must have the new labels. On the other hand, service stations must comply with the new labeling requirements both in the nozzles and in the body of the fuel dispensing device. Given that this date is mandatory, some vehicle manufacturers have already begun to incorporate the labels in their recently presented models and it is expected that service stations begin to do so as the deadline approaches.
The new single and harmonized labels should be used in all countries of the European Union, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey and affects mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles, ATVs, cars, light and heavy commercial vehicles, as well as buses and coaches. The hybrid-electric vehicles will also be affected since they will have to refuel the right fuel. Likewise, it is expected that, in the future, a set of similar labels will be developed for battery electric vehicles and their charging infrastructure.
As far as the United Kingdom is concerned, this country will have to decide how they will apply the EU rules after the Brexit. Until then, new vehicles sold in UK will have these labels installed.
How will the new labels be?
Informative guides provided by ACEA, ACEM, ECFD, FuelsEurope y UPEI Associations