From October 12, 2018, all new vehicles and refueling/recharging stations in the European Union (EU) must comply with new fuel labeling rules per European standard EN 16942 “Fuels – Identification of vehicle compatibility – Graphical expression for consumer information”.

The standard requires the labeling information to be presented in a certain order and specific shapes as indicated in Figure 1.

Fuel Labeling

Figure 1: Shape and order of the fuel label. Source: EN 16942

The Standard specifies basic shapes for different kinds of fuels as indicated in the table 1.

Fuel Shape
A circle for petrol/ gasoline type of fuels. A letter “E” and the number indicates the presence and the amount of ethanol Ethanol 10
A square for diesel-type fuels. Letter “B” and the number presents the presence of biodiesel and its amount  Biodiesel 7
Paraffinic diesel 100%  Paraffinic Diesel
A diamond for gaseous type fuels  LNG

Table 1: Examples of the fuel identifiers. Source: EN 16942

On October 28, 2014, the EU published Directive 2014/94/EU on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (DAFI) which aims to promote infrastructure for electric vehicles, CNG/LNG and hydrogen. In addition, it required member states to ensure consistent and clear information about fuel available:

  • In motor vehicle manuals
  • At the refueling and recharging points on corresponding pumps and their nozzles
  • On motor vehicles in the intermediate proximity of all fuel tanks’ filling caps and in motor vehicle manuals when placed on the market after November 18, 2016
  • In motor vehicle dealerships

On August 26, 2016, European Standardization Committee (CEN) adopted standard EN 16942 “Fuels – Identification of vehicle compatibility – Graphical expression for consumer information”.

Fuel distributors, car distributors and dealerships should comply with the standard from October 12, 2018.

According to DAFI, member states are responsible for monitoring harmonized implementation of the EN 16942.

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