Serves the Commercial Small Fleet Market of 10 – 50 Vehicles

Bush Wants Tax Credits For Diesels, Others Don't

May 12, 2005

Last month, President Bush proposed a $2.5 billion program of credits for buyers of new diesels and gasoline-electric hybrids. But the next day, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a subsidy bill that omits diesels. Instead, it focuses on hybrids, electric vehicles, alternative fuels and fuel cells, according to a May 11 report in Automotive News.Hatch is concerned that diesel is not clean enough. Environmentalists are fighting to keep diesels out of subsidy legislation. Diesel advocates call the new engines clean. Others don’t see a need to give tax credits to hybrid vehicles because they have a waiting list to buy them.The Bush administration favors tax credits of as much as $4,000 for gasoline-electric hybrids and as much as $8,000 for fuel cell-powered vehicles, once they become available. He did not propose a credit amount yet for diesels. The House of Representatives approved its latest version of comprehensive energy legislation on April 22. It includes tax credits of as much as $3,500 for buyers of new diesels, but it offers no direct breaks for buyers of hybrid or fuel cell vehicles.The Senate version of the energy bill is expected to include tax credits for a broader range of fuel-saving technologies.
Twitter Facebook Google+


Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.


Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

View All


Sponsored by

In terms of motor vehicle records (MVRs), expungement is a legal procedure to remove from view part of an individual's driving record.

Read more

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher