Showroom labels

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Just like when you buy a fridge or a TV, you’ll find an efficiency label for every car that’s on sale today. Our handy guide below shows you how to read them and what to look out for. Have a look and soon you’ll be able to see for yourself just how much more efficient a Go Ultra Low car is.

Every car on sale is required to have a label one, and it gives you a good idea of how much you’ll be spending on fuel and tax over a year. It’s also regulated by industry and the data used is based on each car’s performance against a standard (known as the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC)), to make sure that it’s as accurate as possible.

The label for Go Ultra Low cars is a little different than conventional cars. However, once you know what you’re looking for, you’ll be amazed at how much you could save.

See our guide below on reading showroom labels for pure electric, plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles.

Please be aware that the labels shown are for illustration purposes only, and may differ slightly from those now used.

Pure Electric Vehicles

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VED band and CO2

Cars are taxed according to the amount of CO2 they emit from the tailpipe. There are 13 tax bands, labelled from A (lowest emitting) to M (highest emitting). These are shown on the left hand side of the page with colours ranging green to red. The black arrow on the right hand side of the page shows how the car has performed. A 100% or pure electric vehicle produces 0g/km and so achieves an A fuel economy rating.

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Annual energy cost

This shows how much the car will cost to charge for a year based on current energy prices and an annual mileage of 12,000 miles across a mixture of town and motorway driving. The calculation is simple: the amount of electricity which that car will consume to travel 12,000 miles, multiplied by the cost of that electricity. With driving costs of less than 2p a mile significant savings on fuel costs across the year are possible

VED for 12 months

This shows the amount of vehicle excise duty (or “road tax”) applicable to the car based on its tax band, Two figures are shown: one for when the car is first registered, the other for the second and every subsequent year based on current rates.

The VED tax bands have changed for brand new vehicles registered on or after 1st April 2017: all pure electric and hydrogen cars fall into the new ‘band A’ as they emit zero CO2.

Electric energy consumption

This shows how many miles per kWh the vehicle can do. Think of it as an electric equivalent to miles per gallon, the further a vehicle can go per kWh the more fuel efficient it is. Figures are obtained across a number of test cycles that are indicative of urban and motorway driving.

Electric range

This is the number of miles that the car can travel on a single charge, as declared on a vehicles Certificate of Conformity. A Certificate of Conformity is granted to a product that meets a set of regulatory, technical and safety requirements and data from these tests is used as a basis for all vehicle statistics.

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Make/model/fuel type

This shows the make and the model of the car, as well as the fuel type, which will always be “Electricity” for a 100% electric car.

Engine capacity / transmission

As a 100% electric car doesn’t have an internal combustion engine or a conventional automatic or manual gearbox, both of these fields are shown as “N/A”.

Fuel consumption

Here you’ll find the detail on the vehicles consumption of conventional fuels, but because 100% electric cars are not fuelled conventionally (by petrol, diesel or LPG), these fields are shown as “N/A”. Instead, a figure for electric energy consumption is shown higher up the page.

CO2 emissions

All 100% electric cars emit zero emissions from the tailpipe, so this is shown as “0”.

Plug-in hybrid & extended-range electric vehicles

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VED band and CO2

Cars are taxed according the amount of CO2 they emit from the tailpipe. There are 13 tax bands, labelled from A (lowest emitting) to M (highest emitting). These are shown on the left hand side of the page with colours ranging green to red. The black arrow on the right hand side of the page shows how the car has performed. From 1st April 2017, the VED tax bands have changed. All plug-in hybrid and extended-range electric Go Ultra Low cars currently fall into new ‘band B’, as they emit between 1 – 50g/km CO2.

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Fuel and electricity cost

This shows how much the car will cost to power using both fuel (petrol/diesel) and electricity for a year based on current energy prices and annual mileage of 12,000 miles.

The test takes account of the fact that plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles can use both liquid fuel and electricity. So the cars are tested running on their battery and on fuel. A weighted average is used to calculate the overall efficiency.

VED for 12 months

This shows the amount of vehicle excise duty (or “road tax”) applicable to the car based on its tax band. Two figures are shown: one for when the car is first registered, the other for the second and every subsequent year based on current rates.

The VED tax bands have changed for brand new vehicles registered on or after 1st April 2017: all plug-in hybrid and extended-range electric Go Ultra Low cars currently fall into new ‘band B’ as they emit between 1 – 50g/km CO2.

Energy consumption

As the vehicle uses two forms of fuel this shows both the fuel consumption figure in mpg and the miles per kWh. The higher the mileage the more fuel efficient the vehicle.

Electric range

This is the number of miles that the car can travel on a single charge, as declared on a vehicles Certificate of Conformity. A Certificate of Conformity is granted to a product that meets a set of regulatory, technical and safety requirements and data from these tests is used as a basis for all vehicle statistics.

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This shows the make and the model of the car, as well as the fuel type. This will show both the conventional engine fuel type (petrol or diesel) as well as electricity.

Engine capacity / transmission

This shows the size of the petrol or diesel engine in cubic centimetres (cc) and the transmission type, either manual or automatic.

Fuel consumption

The fuel consumption figure shown is the weighted combined cycle. This means that the vehicle is tested twice; once with the battery fully charged and once when the battery is nearly depleted. In both cases it is simulated on an urban and extra-urban cycle and the fuel consumption figures are combined. This is shown in both metric (litres/100km) and imperial (mpg) measurements.

CO2 emissions

This shows the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from the car’s tailpipe, as grams of CO2 per kilometre travelled.