Petrol pump at a petrol station symbolising the topic of fuel prices


On 1 July 2019, the new fuel prices and CO2 efficiency classes for new vehicles which form the basis for the energy efficiency label for passenger cars became effective. The updated information was published in the Federal Official Gazette and can now be used in the energy label for cars by vehicle manufacturers, new car dealers and leasing companies.

An easy way to compare cars in terms of their energy efficiency

The previous efficiency label for cars covers the efficiency classes ‘G’ (less efficient) to ‘A’ (very efficient) – a categorisation known to many customers from household appliances. The efficiency label includes information on fuel prices, motor vehicle tax and the total fuel consumption of a car using the testing method that is valid at the time. All the provisions of the Ordinance on Energy Consumption Labelling are still based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

The overview of CO2 classes (in German) (PDF, 38 KB) details the number of cars that were registered in the previous year for each efficiency class and shows how efficient a particular car model is compared with others.

The new price list (in German) (PDF, 42 KB) sets out the 2018 average prices for fuel and other energy sources, provided that going market rates are available. Further information and practical advice for dealers on how to fill in the passenger car label can be found at (in German). The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy provides funding for the information platform provided by the German Energy Agency (DENA).