Vehicle fuel economy labels
Motor vehicle traders must display fuel economy labels on all vehicles, provided a fuel economy label is available (except for electric vehicles). Online you may see a smaller version of the label or the information displayed as text.
What fuel labels tell you
- Vehicle make and model
- Star rating - up to 6 stars for the most efficient cars
- Cost per year to run the car - based on average fuel price and driving 14,000km
- Fuel economy in litres per 100km - based on performance of a new model of the car
- Reference number - confirms that the label refers to the vehicle it’s displayed with
- Average fuel price - used to calculate the cost per year for comparison purposes only
The star rating will help you to choose a vehicle that is more fuel efficient.
Fuel labels for electric cars
You can use the label on electric cars to compare efficiency and running costs with other types of car. The electric car label differs slightly:
- fuel economy for electric cars is shown in kilowatt hours per 100km
- Information includes a range showing how far the car can be expected to go on a full charge
- displaying the label is optional for dealers.
Using fuel labels to compare cars
There can be a big difference in fuel consumption between cars of the same or similar size. The star rating and indicative cost per year helps you to easily compare one car to another. Medium sized cars often offer you the same comfort and safety features as a large car, but use less fuel.
The fuel economy label gives you an indication of the fuel consumption based on international rolling road test-lab drive cycle testing - UN ECE R101 (European NEDC), ADR (Australia), and JC08 (Japan). These tests are designed to test fuel consumption in lab conditions. Actual fuel economy will depend on a wide range of factors including your driving style and habits, speed and distance travelled, vehicle load, tyre pressure and level of maintenance.
You can compare safety ratings on the New Zealand Transport Agency’s RightCar website.
Using fuel labels to sell cars
Fuel economy label generator
Use our vehicle fuel economy label generator to get vehicle information and produce fuel economy labels, which can be printed on ordinary A4 paper in either colour or black and white.
If you’re selling a car privately online, you must make sure fuel economy information is displayed accurately (if it’s available). When you’re selling your car on trading websites such as Trade Me and AutoTrader, vehicle information might be automatically displayed as part of the vehicle's listing. The information you need to display is:
- vehicle make and model
- Star Rating out of six star
- cost per year to run the car
- fuel economy in litres per 100km.
Advertised sales and trade-ins
You don’t have to provide fuel economy if you’re selling a vehicle as a trade-in or advertising it in a newspaper. But it’s useful information for buyers, so use our vehicle fuel economy label generator.